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February 7, 1990
John Franco agreed to a three-year, $7.6 million contract with the New York Mets that will make him the second-highest paid relief pitcher in baseball, behind only Mark Davis of Kansas City. Franco was 4-8 with the Cincinnati Reds last season with 32 saves and a 3.12 earned-run average.
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May 9, 2002 | From Associated Press
New York Met reliever John Franco will miss at least the rest of the season with an injury to his left elbow that could end his 18-year career. Franco, who has not pitched since undergoing surgery on the elbow in December, had an MRI exam Wednesday that revealed the ligament and tendon injury. Franco, 41, was brought to tears when he was given the news before the Mets' game Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants.
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August 1, 1998 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For many reasons, the Dodgers expected an interesting game Friday night against the New York Mets. They were facing former teammate Mike Piazza for the first time since he was traded May 15, and interim General Manager Tom Lasorda was working the phones before the trading deadline. As it turned out, things were even wilder than the Dodgers figured.
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April 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
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 Wednesday night's 4-1 win over the Florida Marlins at Shea Stadium, he became 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 Mets' fifth consecutive victory.
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May 9, 2002 | From Associated Press
New York Met reliever John Franco will miss at least the rest of the season with an injury to his left elbow that could end his 18-year career. Franco, who has not pitched since undergoing surgery on the elbow in December, had an MRI exam Wednesday that revealed the ligament and tendon injury. Franco, 41, was brought to tears when he was given the news before the Mets' game Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants.
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September 19, 1998 | From Associated Press
After John Franco turned a two-run, ninth-inning lead into a one-run loss, New York Mets fans turned on Franco. Todd Dunwoody hit a two-run single and Edgar Renteria hit a sacrifice fly as the Florida Marlins rallied for three runs and dealt New York a harsh 7-6 defeat Friday at New York. After the Cubs lost earlier in the day, the Mets knew they had a chance to tie Chicago for the NL wild-card lead.
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June 16, 1993 | Associated Press
New York Met reliever John Franco sustained a minor injury to his non-pitching hand Tuesday night when he hit something in a fit of rage after the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Team spokesman Jay Horwitz said Franco, a left-hander, had one or two stitches taken in his right hand, but he said Franco would be able to pitch tonight against the Braves. Horwitz would not say what Franco hit. Franco had just given up Brian Hunter's game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.
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September 29, 1993 | MAL FLORENCE
A sampling of David Letterman's "New York Met excuses:" --Mistake to let Don Knotts bat cleanup. --Play so much golf during season, thought lowest score wins. --Baseballs are harder to throw than explosives. --Didn't scratch themselves enough. * Add Mets: Believe it or not, the Mets lost bullpen pitcher John Franco for the rest of the season because of a "deep paper cut" on his left thumb. He suffered the wound as he tried to put away a box of garbage outside his Staten Island home.
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July 2, 1989
Pete Rose said Saturday that anyone who believes his Cincinnati players can aid an investigation of charges that he gambled on the Reds is "looking for trouble." Rose, facing a lifetime ban if the charges are proved, has received the support of at least one player and the club's radio announcer in attempting to downplay testimony obtained by baseball investigators.
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December 7, 1989 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Convinced that the numbers in his salary were more important to Cincinnati Red owner Marge Schott than his pitching statistics, John Franco welcomed the trade that sent him to the New York Mets Wednesday for Randy Myers, a swap of two of the National League's best left-handed relievers. The teams also exchanged minor leaguers: 25-year-old right-handed pitcher Kip Gross went to Cincinnati and 22-year-old outfielder Don Brown went to New York. Franco, who was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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September 19, 1998 | From Associated Press
After John Franco turned a two-run, ninth-inning lead into a one-run loss, New York Mets fans turned on Franco. Todd Dunwoody hit a two-run single and Edgar Renteria hit a sacrifice fly as the Florida Marlins rallied for three runs and dealt New York a harsh 7-6 defeat Friday at New York. After the Cubs lost earlier in the day, the Mets knew they had a chance to tie Chicago for the NL wild-card lead.
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August 1, 1998 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For many reasons, the Dodgers expected an interesting game Friday night against the New York Mets. They were facing former teammate Mike Piazza for the first time since he was traded May 15, and interim General Manager Tom Lasorda was working the phones before the trading deadline. As it turned out, things were even wilder than the Dodgers figured.
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June 23, 1997 | From Associated Press
For the second time in four days, the New York Mets saved John Franco. Carl Everett hit a three-run home run with two outs in the 10th inning and the New York Mets, despite another blown save by Franco, defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 12-9, Sunday at New York. "Plain and simple, I stunk," Franco, 36, said. Pittsburgh trailed, 9-7, in the ninth, but rallied to tie it against Franco.
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September 29, 1993 | MAL FLORENCE
A sampling of David Letterman's "New York Met excuses:" --Mistake to let Don Knotts bat cleanup. --Play so much golf during season, thought lowest score wins. --Baseballs are harder to throw than explosives. --Didn't scratch themselves enough. * Add Mets: Believe it or not, the Mets lost bullpen pitcher John Franco for the rest of the season because of a "deep paper cut" on his left thumb. He suffered the wound as he tried to put away a box of garbage outside his Staten Island home.
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June 16, 1993 | Associated Press
New York Met reliever John Franco sustained a minor injury to his non-pitching hand Tuesday night when he hit something in a fit of rage after the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Team spokesman Jay Horwitz said Franco, a left-hander, had one or two stitches taken in his right hand, but he said Franco would be able to pitch tonight against the Braves. Horwitz would not say what Franco hit. Franco had just given up Brian Hunter's game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.
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June 16, 1991 | TOM VERDUCCI, NEWSDAY
John Franco, a Lafayette High alumnus, lifelong Bensonhurst resident and a familiar sight at the best Italian deli counters of Brooklyn, is like the old Dodgers, a part of the borough's heart and soul. When he was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Mets before last season, he rejoiced at coming home. And now Franco, like the Dodgers, is moving. Franco isn't moving as far west as the Bums.
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June 16, 1991 | TOM VERDUCCI, NEWSDAY
John Franco, a Lafayette High alumnus, lifelong Bensonhurst resident and a familiar sight at the best Italian deli counters of Brooklyn, is like the old Dodgers, a part of the borough's heart and soul. When he was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Mets before last season, he rejoiced at coming home. And now Franco, like the Dodgers, is moving. Franco isn't moving as far west as the Bums.
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May 27, 1989 | Associated Press
Rolando Roomes owes a debt of gratitude to Tony Perez, the Cincinnati Reds' batting coach. Roomes' two-run homer in the 12th inning Thursday off Calvin Schiraldi (1-2) gave Cincinnati a 10-8 triumph over the Chicago Cubs, the 14th time in their 26 victories the Reds have come from behind. It was their fourth straight victory. "Tony taught me to keep my right arm up in order to hit breaking balls and it has really paid off because I've learned to be patient," said Roomes, who is batting .333 with two homers and five RBIs since being called up from the minors May 1. "I was getting into trouble after being recalled from Nashville because I was dropping my right arm, missing pitches and simply being overanxious.
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April 28, 1990 | DAN HAFNER
Frank Viola said he let the New York Mets down last season as they failed to win the pennant. He is making amends this season and has the Mets making their first move. Although he left the game after five innings because of a slightly stiff back Friday night at Houston, Viola stayed around long enough to improve his record to 4-0. Mark Carreon's third home run to open the fourth inning gave the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros.
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February 7, 1990
John Franco agreed to a three-year, $7.6 million contract with the New York Mets that will make him the second-highest paid relief pitcher in baseball, behind only Mark Davis of Kansas City. Franco was 4-8 with the Cincinnati Reds last season with 32 saves and a 3.12 earned-run average.
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