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Julio Franco  

Julio César Robles Franco (born August 23, 1958, in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball infielder. In 2007, Franco was the oldest active player in the major leagues at the age of 49. While Franco was an All-Star and posted a

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3-time All-Star (1989-91) MVP All-Star Game (1990) Led American League in batting average (.341, 1991) Led AL in singles (156, 1991) 2nd in the AL Rookie of the Year selection (1983, behind Ron Kittle and over Mike Boddicker) Led AL in at-bats (658, 1984) Top 10 MVP selection (8th, AL, 1994) Carolina League MVP (1980) Twice hit over .400 in the Mexican League (.423, 1999; .437, 2000) Oldest player to hit a Grand Slam (47, 2005, breaking his own record set in 2004 at 45) Oldest regularly-playing non-pitcher player in MLB history (48) Second-oldest player to appear in MLB postseason play (48, during the 2006 postseason) Oldest player in Major League history to hit a home run (48) Second-oldest player to steal a base (48, during the 2007 season) Led all Dominican players in MLB history in seasons, games, at-bats, hits, and bases on balls Has compiled over 4,200 hits in his 26-year professional career: Major Leagues: 2586 (through end of 2007 season) Minor Leagues: 618 Mexican League: 316 Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball: 286 Dominican Winter League: 267 South Korea's Korean Baseball Organization: 156 TOTAL: 4,229 Pete Rose and Ty Cobb are the only other players with 4,200 hits (combined majors, minors and international play) in their careers.

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