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Mets Hire Al Leiter, John Franco As Advisers

March 04, 2019 - 11:26 am
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By WFAN.com

The Mets have hired a couple of their beloved alumni for roles within the organization.

The team announced Monday that former pitchers Al Leiter and John Franco have been hired as baseball operations advisers. Both will help scout and develop pitchers at every level of the organization.

Leiter, 53, pitched 19 seasons in the majors from 1987-2005, playing for the Mets from 1998-2004. The New Jersey native was a two-time All-Star and won World Series with the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays and 1997 Florida Marlins. He was also a member of the Mets' 2000 World Series team.

“Al is one of the most memorable pitchers in club history and we are thrilled to welcome him back into the organization,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a news release. “Al’s passion for the game is infectious. His unique ability to communicate his knowledge to players, coaches and the front office will immediately make us better.”

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Said Leiter: “I am thrilled to be reunited with the Mets organization, which I hold so near and dear to my heart. I grew up a fan of the team and then was fortunate enough to realize my childhood dream of pitching for the Mets. Now, thanks to the Wilpon family and to Brodie, I’m privileged to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the future of the organization. I couldn’t be more appreciative or more excited.”

Since retiring, Leiter has been a TV analyst for ESPN, FOX Sports, MLB Network and YES Network. 

Franco, 58, spent 21 seasons in the majors from 1984-2005, pitching for the Mets from 1990-2004. A four-time All-Star, Franco ranks fifth all-time on the major league career saves list with 424. 

“John’s on and off field contributions to this franchise cannot be overstated,” Van Wagenen said. “Like Al, John is a winner. We are confident that both will be instrumental in reinforcing our winning culture and mindset.”

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Franco has served as the Mets' team ambassador since 2010, a role that he will continue in.
 
“I love being a Met and I’m grateful for this opportunity for a larger role within the organization,” Franco, a Brooklyn native, said. “In addition to meeting fans and engaging with our community, I am eager to get working with our players. I have learned a lot from the game, and I look forward to being able to share that with our players.”

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