April 30, 1996 |
John Franco became the first lefthander with 300 saves, and PeteHarnisch held baseball's top-hitting team to three hits in seven innings asthe New York Mets beat the visiting Montreal Expos, 3-2, in the fog lastnight. Franco got his fifth save of the season and his third in three games. Itcame exactly 12 years after his first save, with Cincinnati on April 29, 1984. Harnisch (2-1) limited Montreal to one unearned run as the Mets stretched awinning streak to three for the first time this season.
September 24, 1998 |
After the Chicago Cubs dropped the ball, the New York Mets failed to do anything with it. Given a chance to move one game ahead of Chicago atop the NL wild-card race, the Mets fizzled last night, getting just three hits in a 3-0 loss to the visiting Montreal Expos. "It could be worse," closer John Franco said. "We could be one game down. " Bob Henley homered in the second inning off Bobby Jones (9-9) and winner Carl Pavano (6-8) added an RBI double later in the inning.
April 15, 1999 |
It's only April, and already the New York Mets are sipping champagne. John Franco is the reason for the early celebration. When the popular reliever struck out the side in the ninth inning of last night's 4-1 win over the visiting Florida Marlins, he became only the second pitcher to reach 400 career saves. "The first of many Mets celebrations this year," Franco said as he raised a glass for a toast following the New York's fifth consecutive win. Franco, 38, got his third save of season, helping the Mets to a 7-2 start, their best since 1985.
June 6, 2012 |
In case you were wondering what a no-hitter is worth to a pitcher, especially in a media center like New York, you might have caught it late Monday. Mets lefthander Johan Santana presented the Top Ten list on David Letterman's Late Show. What? You were expecting a stint on Dancing With the Stars? The Mets also said Santana will next display his nasty stuff on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. The team wanted to give him extra rest after threw a career-high 134 pitches last Friday night in the team's first no-hitter.
October 23, 2000 |
Reputations are made quickly at this time of year, for better or worse. Once established, they are harder to eradicate than indelible ink. Mets closer Armando Benitez is starting to be tagged as a pitcher who melts down once the bright, hot postseason spotlight begins to shine. That's because he has blown six of nine postseason save opportunities in his career. That's because he has walked 17 batters and allowed seven home runs in 282/3 playoff innings. That's because he gave up a three-run bomb to San Francisco's J.T. Snow in Game 2 of the division series.
March 13, 1992 |
The New York Yankees, one of the most glamorous franchises in sports and estimated to be worth as much as $300 million, may be for sale. Paramount Communications, own er of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers and Madison Square Garden, issued a statement yesterday saying that "several of the Yankees' owners, including George Steinbrenner, have expressed an interest in discussing the sale of the team. However, we have not received any concrete proposals, nor have we made any. " Steinbrenner, who owns 55 percent of the team, confirmed the talks, which are said to have begun two weeks ago. "I met with them and discussed a lot of things," he said after a meeting of Yankees partners in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. But he seemed annoyed at Paramount's statement.
September 15, 2011 |
The book on Yankees closer Mariano Rivera 's outing Tuesday night against the Mariners in Seattle shows: one hit, no runs, two strikeouts, no walks in one inning of work, good for save No. 41 in 46 chances. The Yankees won, 3-2. What it doesn't show is that he joined Trevor Hoffman as the only closers to record 600 or more saves. Hoffman had 601 saves in 18 seasons, most of them with the ordinary San Diego Padres. Rivera's amazing run - all with the Yankees - began on May 17, 1996, when he entered in the top of the ninth inning to protect an 8-5 lead against the California Angels.
October 13, 2000 |
Shortly after the Phillies name a manager, they almost certainly will begin a second search. This time, they will be looking for a closer. One of the most intriguing of the eligible free agents is John Franco, the New York Mets' ageless reliever. For the good of his team, Franco brushed aside his pursuit of Lee Smith's career saves record this season and accepted the role of pitching in the eighth inning, then handing the ball to hard-throwing Armando Benitez for the ninth.
June 2, 1990 |
It was just the first of 18 meetings between the Mets and Phillies. Nothing crucial, but for Buddy Harrelson it was special. That's why John Franco, after retiring the last three batters in the ninth, presented the "game ball" to the Mets' new manager. And why Frank Viola, who pitched eight scoreless innings, neatly printed this inscription on the baseball: "1st Win as Manager Mets 4, Phillies 0 June 1, 1990" Viola, Franco and catcher Orlando Mercado signed it. "I've got a good place for it," Harrelson said.
October 27, 1994 |
Striking members of the New York Mets and Yankees had a warning for any potential strikebreakers at spring training next year: Do so at your own peril. "I'm sitting out, I'm losing a ton of money, so if you cross the line it might be a tough go for you," said pitcher John Franco, a Mets player representative. Asked if that meant knockdown pitches, Franco replied, "I don't throw balls. I throw fists. " Some owners have said they may open camps for spring training and invite minor leaguers and any roster players who want to break ranks.