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Julio Franco Set To Play Again At Age 55

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Julio Franco is going to try to get a few more hits at age 55.

Franco is joining the Fort Worth Cats of the independent United League as a player-coach for their first homestand. He played in the major leagues until age 49.

The season opener is Tuesday.

Franco played parts of 23 major league seasons for eight teams from 1982-2007, with stints in Japan, Mexico and South Korea during that time. He was a three-time All-Star and won an AL batting title while with the Texas Rangers from 1989-93. He was the oldest active player in the majors when he played his last game for Atlanta in 2007.

He had more than 4,200 hits in professional baseball before announcing his retirement in May 2008 while in the Mexican League.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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