Thursday, November 14, 2019

1990 Topps Minis #54: John Franco

We're back today with another of the 1990 Topps mini league leaders, this time John Franco.  Franco is pictured with the Reds but left them to spend 1990 with the Mets.  Too bad, of course, since those 1990 Reds did ok.
#54, John Franco
Franco had a long career, 22 years, with only three teams: the Reds, the Mets, and then briefly with the Astros.  He was a premier reliever of the day, leading the NL in saves in 1988, 1990, and 1994.  With his long relief career all in the National League, he's the NL all-time leader in games pitched.
Currently fifth on the all-time saves list with 424, he was in second place when he retired.  Franco is in the Mets Hall of Fame.
John Franco card back.
To get into this league leaders set, Franco placed third in the NL in saves in 1989 with 32, and also was 7th in the NL in games finished with 50.

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1 comment:

  1. For a while there I remember he made Mets fans nervous every time he took the mound. Very fine career, though.