Sure, “Julio Franco”:http://search.espn.go.com/keyword/search?searchString=Julio+Franco&Find=Search&source=b_sportss had his moments with the Mets. He even had a few this year. He just didn’t have enough of them to prevent his release. Franco signed today with the Braves, which wasn’t really a surprise.
However, what was a surprise was the reaction of some Mets when the “clubhouse leadership” issue was raised.
“If you play, you have to produce. That clubhouse stuff is overrated,” manager Willie Randolph said.
Jose Valentin offered up that Franco was a less than eager participant in the club’s pre-game stretching. He also said Franco wouldn’t hesitate to get in the face of some of the younger players about doing their jobs even though he was hitting .200.
“To be a leader for me, it’s not enough to talk all the time,” Valentin said. “You have to go out and do it yourself.”