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296. John Franco
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 17, 1960 in Brooklyn, NY USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 24, 1984
  • Final Game: July 01, 2005
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 1988
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1988
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 1990
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1990
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1994
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 2001
 
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If you were to look at some of the all-time marks for Relief Pitchers, you would find John Franco in the upper echelon of those lists.  Unlike many of those hurlers, you would also see that Franco was not a journeyman who bounced from team to team.

Franco first cracked a Major League roster in 1984 with the Cincinnati Reds, where he played for six seasons and was an All-Star for three of them.  Franco led the National League in Games Finished twice and in Saves once as a Red, and the closer established himself as an elite closer during that time. 

In 1995, Franco was traded to the New York Mets, and while he was only an All-Star there once, he was a two-time leader in Saves and was the Mets closer for nearly a decade.  

As of this writing, Franco is in the top five in Saves, Games Pitched, and Games Finished.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 2011
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, New York Mets
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (4) (1986, 1987, 1989 & 1990)
    Rolaids Relief Award (2) (NL) (1988 & 1990)
    Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1) (2001)
    Most Saves (3) (NL) (1988, 1990 & 1994)
    Most Games Finished (2) (NL) (1987 & 1988)
    World Series Rings (None) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (NL: 1994, 7th)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    12 Top Ten Finishes (Saves)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Games Finished)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    3.  Games Pitched: 1,119
    4.  Games Finished: 774
    5.  Saves: 424

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    2011: 4.6%

  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Met

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