Best Cincinnati Reds Ever: Joe Morgan v. John Franco

Second Round Matchup | No. 2 Joe Morgan v. No. 10 John Franco The next second round matchup in our “Best Red Ever” tournament features the Cincinnati Reds’ best second baseman ever battling one of baseball’s best relievers. Morgan: Joe Morgan’s first round win over Jack Billingham in our Best Cincinnati Reds Ever tournament — along with a detailed write-up ...
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June 01, 2016

HOVG REWIND: May 11, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1996 – On ‘John Franco Day,’ the New York veteran reliever is ejected from the game, along with eight other players, as the result of participating in a fifth-inning bench-clearing brawl at Shea Stadium. Prior to the game the Mets celebrated their closer’s recent 300th career save, but his unavailability in the ninth...
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May 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Best Cincinnati Reds Ever: Bucky Walters v. John Franco

First Round Matchup | No. 7 Bucky Walters v. No. 10 John Franco Walters: Bucky Walters broke into the Major League baseball as a terrible thrid baseman then converted to being an underwhelming, mediocre starting pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies. But a midseason trade to the Cincinnati Reds in 1938 changed his career trajectory. He was a 20-game winner thrice — […...
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May 06, 2016

Mets raise 2015 NL title banner before opener

For as long as Citi Field exists, a part of 2015 will rest inside of it. The Mets made that official in the moments prior to their home opener Friday, when former players Rusty Staub, John Franco and Edgardo Alfonzo -- all pennant winners themselves -- helped raise the new flag at Citi.
April 08, 2016

Fundraiser to be held at Foley's in Forde's honor

Former Mets stars Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, John Franco and Edgardo Alfonzo will appear at a fundraiser for late team staffer Shannon Forde next month at Foley's NY Pub and Restaurant in Manhattan.
March 26, 2016

John Franco: Mets' rotation compares to Braves' great staffs

Mets great has very high expectations for starting rotation. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- John Franco has been hanging out with the Mets for the last week going about his annual seven-day gig as a spring training team ambassador, or as he put it, "working (pitching coach) Dan Warthen's coattails." The Mets all-time saves leader says, "I watch and...
March 10, 2016

Mike Piazza expected to attend Mets camp as guest instructor

John Franco and Mookie Wilson will also drop by Mets spring training Watch video PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Hall of Fame electee Mike Piazza is expected to attend Mets camp and serve as a guest instructor for a few days this spring. He'll be joined by former Mets John Franco and Mookie Wilson, as well as MLB Ambassador for Inclusion...
February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Piazza To Serve As Guest Instructor At Mets Camp

According to a report by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mike Piazza will serve as a guest instructor for the Mets during spring training camp at Port St. Lucie. Joining Piazza as guest instructors will be former Mets closer John Franco and MLB inclusion ambassador Billy Bean. Piazza, who was elected into the Hall of Fame last month, will also have his Number 31 retired by the Mets...
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February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Braves' Day 3 picks include Byrd, Franco

The third and final day of the draft included a couple of familiar names picked the Braves. Atlanta took Grayson Byrd, an LSU recruit out of King's Ridge Christian School (Ga.) Saturday in the 39th round. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound shortstop is in the son of former Braves pitcher and current FOX Sports South analyst Paul Byrd. In the 38th round, the Braves picked Brown second baseman...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

True New York Outrage

Sometimes I need to be reminded of what is truly important enough to be angry at. The Mets’ marketing campaign of “True New Yorker” was panned by most as a massive fail job. So what do the Mets do about it? They engage “Phase Two” with a second letter from John Franco … of course. I only wish the team could take a punch and keep coming at you as good as the marketing...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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