The Mets announced Thursday that John Franco has been elected to the team’s Hall of Fame, the 26th person in team history to be so honored.
Franco pitched for the Mets from 1990-2004, and serves in my mind as a constant in what was a turbulent decade to be a Mets fan. From my perspective, they acquired him when I was nine years old, and he stayed a Met until I was 24. So this certainly feels right to me.
With Franco in the fold, the Mets from that 1997-2000 window of success are now open to be added, it appears. Mike Piazza sure ought to follow, along with Edgardo Alfonzo and Bobby Valentine. You could certainly make a case for John Olerud or Robin Ventura as well-the former is among all-time Mets leaders in WAR (wins above replacement) though he played just three seasons in New York, and the latter gave us GRAND SLAM SINGLE.
Regardless, a good move by the Mets here. Franco is a worthy addition to the team Hall.