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John Franco added to Mets' Hall of Fame

John Franco reacts to striking out Jorge Posada

John Franco reacts to striking out Jorge Posada to end the ninth inning with the bases loaded. (July 3, 2004) Credit: AP

The Mets on Thursday announced that John Franco will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Citi Field on June 3.

Franco, the former closer and current unofficial team ambassador, becomes the fifth person to be so honored in the last three years and 26th overall.

During a conference call, he gave a vote of confidence to the troubled franchise's owners.

"Fred Wilpon and Jeff Wilpon will do everything in their power to get this organization back to where it needs to be," he said. "Just be patient. We have some good players here in the organization right now at the major-league level. And we have a lot of good players coming up in the minor-league level. Knowing Fred the way I know Fred, he will do everything in his power to bring a winning team back to Citi Field."

Franco spent 14 of his 21 big-league seasons with the Mets (1990-2001, 2003-04), amassing a franchise-record 276 saves. His 424 saves are the most ever by a lefthander and fourth-most all-time.

"John set a very high standard during his career both on and off the field," Jeff Wilpon said. "It's great that during our 50th anniversary season, we can have John -- a true New Yorker in every sense -- inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame."

In 2010, the Mets inducted Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Davey Johnson and Frank Cashman.

"I am truly honored and humbled by being elected into the Mets Hall of Fame,'' Franco said. "Growing up as a kid in Brooklyn and always rooting for the Mets, and then working my way through high school and college and having a good career here in New York, it's an honor for me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.''

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