The Mets announced Monday that they’ve hired former big league left-hander Al Leiter as an advisor in their baseball operations department. Leiter will focus on scouting and player development, per the Mets, with a particular emphasis placed on mental preparation for pitchers at every level of the organization.
“Al is one of the most memorable pitchers in club history and we are thrilled to welcome him back into the organization,” said general manager Brodie Van Wagenen in a press release announcing the move. “Al’s passion for the game is infectious. His unique ability to communicate his knowledge to players, coaches and the front office will immediately make us better.”
The Mets are also expanding the role of club ambassador John Franco. Like Leiter, he’ll assist the club with scouting and player development, with an emphasis being placed on helping to develop the organization’s pitching talent.
Both Leiter and Franco enjoyed lengthy, productive stints as pitchers for the Mets in the 1990s and 2000s. Leiter pitched for the club from 1998-2004, tallying a combined 3.42 ERA over the life of 1360 innings. Franco suited up for the Mets in parts of 14 MLB seasons, spanning from 1990-2004. In 702 2/3 innings as a Met, he saved 276 games and logged a 3.10 ERA. Both pitchers were fixtures on the Mets’ pitching staff during the organization’s consecutive postseason appearances in 1999 and 2000 — the latter of which resulted in a World Series showdown with the Yankees.