Two popular New York Mets alumni were added to new front office positions the team announced on Monday.
Al Leiter, 53, was named the baseball operations advisor for the club. Leiter, a left-handed pitcher, played for 19 seasons in Major League Baseball and played for the Mets for seven years from 1998-2004. Leiter was a member of the Mets’ 2000 World Series team. ultimately losing to the New York Yankees. Leiter is a two-time All-Star and won World Series Championships with the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays and the 1997 Florida Marlins. Leiter has served as a baseball analyst since retiring from baseball, most recently on the New York Yankees television broadcasts on the YES Network.
John Franco, 58, will be expanding his role in the New York Mets front office and will also serve as a baseball operations advisor, the Mets announced in a press release today. Franco, also a left-handed pitcher, played for 21 seasons in Major League Baseball with 14 of those seasons as a New York Met from 1990-2004. The Brooklyn native is a four-time- All-Star and is fifth all-time on the major league career saves list with 424. Franco has been a member of the New York Mets front office since 2010 as a team ambassador and will reportedly be increasing his role this upcoming season.
Both Leiter and Franco are expected to work to help scout and develop players in all levels of the New York Mets organization.