70.4 F
Fort Worth
Monday, September 28, 2020
- Advertisements -
Culture Fort Worth Cats sign ex-Ranger Julio Franco as player-coach

Fort Worth Cats sign ex-Ranger Julio Franco as player-coach

Other News

The virus and sport: Women’s PGA Championship to be played Oct. 6-11

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The...

Exxon’s oil slick

Exxon Mobil is slashing its capital spending budget for 2020 by 30% due to weak demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a market...

Folk music’s Mark Twain: 7 Essential tracks from John Prine,

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people, the songs just come out of them. For nearly half a century, they tumbled out of John Prine...

Tarrant County records another COVID-19 death

Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) on Wednesday, April 8 reported that a resident of Euless has died as the result of the COVID-19 virus....
Robert Francis
Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

Former Texas Rangers star Julio Franco is making a baseball comeback – he’ll suit up for the Fort Worth Cats when the local minor league team opens its first homestand of the season on May 20.

Franco, 55, will be a player-coach, Cats General Manager Craig Brasfield said in a news release posted on the team’s website.

Because of the addition of the 1991 American League batting champion to the roster, the team said, the United League has extended the Cats’ homestand through Wednesday, May 28. Franco becomes one of a “rare fraternity” of ballplayers to play professional baseball in five decades, according to the release.

Franco’s Major League career spanned 26 years and eight different teams, including his 1989-1993 stint with the Rangers. He collected more than 4,200 base hits and was Most Valuable Player in the 1990 All-Star Game.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to play and coach in Fort Worth and reconnect with my friends, former teammates and Texas Rangers staff members,” Franco said. “I love Fort Worth and I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with the younger players and entertain the fans.”

“I’m excited to have Julio as both a hitting coach and player,” said Mike Marshall, current Cats’ manager and a playing contemporary of Franco. “Our players and fans are very lucky to get this opportunity and I’m sure Julio will make an immediate impact on the players and the community.”

The Cats open their 2014 season at LaGrave Field in Fort Worth on Tuesday, May 20, when they host the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings at 7:05 p.m. The initial homestand includes nine games through May 28.

The Cats are scheduled to play 54 home games this season. Tickets can be purchased online at FWCats.com or by calling (817) 332-CATS.  

- Advertisements -
- Advertisements -

Latest News

Despite virus-related obstacles, baseball reaches postseason

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer The 2020 baseball season began with Juan Soto testing positive for COVID-19. Now,...

What to Know: Top 100 Day and Christmas for those jittery for java

It’s Top 100 announcement day! Today we’re announcing our Top 100 event and several of our honorees. It’s a...

Cowboys’ comeback falls short in 38-31 loss to Seahawks

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports WriterSEATTLE (AP) — Another week, another big deficit for Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys to try...

Ebner dominates in Aranda debut as Baylor tops Kansas 47-14

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports WriterWACO, Texas (AP) — Trestan Ebner returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards before going 83 yards for...

Perry, Pavelski and Stars force Game 6 of Stanley Cup Final

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey WriterEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry don't want to leave the bubble just yet.Pavelski...