The New York Mets announced today that former closer and Brooklyn-native John Franco into the team’s Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 3 prior to the 1:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The induction ceremony will be presented by Citi.
Franco left a lasting impression for the Mets both on-and-off the field, having serve the franchise for 14-years…which is the second-longest in history. The lefty finished his time with the Mets saving 276 games, while also participating in four All-Star games is set to become the 26th member of the Hall of Fame.
“I am truly honored and humbled by being elected into the Mets Hall of Fame,” Franco said on the Mets.com site. “Growing up as a kid in Brooklyn and always rooting for the Mets, and then working my way through high school and college, and having a good career here in New York; it’s an honor for me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
The lefty also led the Mets off the field as well, serving as the team’s captain and helped to lead the charge of the team’s community related efforts after the 9/11 attacks. Franco now serves on the Mets Alumni Association, presented by Citi.
“John set a very high standard during his career both on and off the field, “said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon in a statement to the Mets.com site. “It is great that during our 50th-anniversary season we can have John-a true New Yorker in every sense—inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.