Former Mets pitcher Al Leiter was named the baseball operations advisor for the club, the team announced on Monday. John Franco is also taking on an expanded role with the team as a baseball operations advisor, too, in addition to his club ambassador role.
Leiter, who worked as an analyst for the YES Network the last 12 years, will work with pitchers on every level of the Mets organization, focusing on scouting and player development with an emphasis in the mental preparation for pitchers.
"Al is one of the most memorable pitchers in club history and we are thrilled to welcome him back into the organization," General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "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."
Leiter pitched 19 seasons in the majors, seven of them with the Mets from 1998-2004, going 162-132 with a 3.80 ERA. He was a two-time All-Star in his career and won a World Series with the Blue Jays in 1993 and Marlins in 1997. He also threw a no-hitter for the Marlins in 1996.
"I am thrilled to be reunited with the Mets organization, which I hold so near and dear to my heart," Leiter said. "I grew up a fan of the team and then was fortunate enough to realize my childhood dream of pitching for the Mets. Now, thanks to the Wilpon family and to Brodie, I'm privileged to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the future of the organization. I couldn't be more appreciative or more excited."
Franco has served as a club ambassador for the Mets since 2010 but, like Leiter, he will help scout and develop talent and work with pitchers at every level of the organization in his new role.
"I love being a Met and I'm grateful for this opportunity for a larger role within the organization," Franco said. "In addition to meeting fans and engaging with our community, I am eager to get working with our players. I have learned a lot from the game, and I look forward to being able to share that with our players."