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Edgardo Alfonzo: Mets' 'legend?'

Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:05 pm
By Matt Snyder

The New York Mets announced Wednesday that, in honor of the franchise's 50th anniversary, they will have five different bobblehead giveaways this summer at Citi Field. Each bobblehead will be of a Mets legend, one from each decade of the franchise's existence. The first 25,000 fans for each game will get their bobblehead.

Tom Seaver will represent the '60s, with the giveaway being on April 22. Rusty Staub represents the '70s on May 26. Keith Hernandez is the '80s guy on June 17 while Mike Piazza is the representative for the 2000s on August 25.

You'll note I left out the 1990s. It's Edgardo Alfonzo (July 21). I was left scratching my head a bit about this. Yes, Alfonzo was a good player -- in fact, he was an All-Star in 2000 and had great years in 1999 and 2002. But he's the Mets' "legend" for the 1990s whole decade? Really?

Alfonzo played five seasons for the Mets in the '90s, putting together a .290/.356/.429 line, good for a 106 OPS-plus. He hit 62 homers (an average of 15 per 162 games) while averaging 73 runs and 68 RBI per season. He was versatile defensively. All-around, a good player, but certainly not a legend.

Now, please don't misconstrue this as a huge complaint. I don't care who the Mets give away as a bobblehead and I'm not a Mets fan. I'm just wondering if Mets fans think of the '90s and the first player that comes to mind is Alfonzo. I combed through a few of the rosters, because I don't think I should make any kind of statement without having an alternative option, and I came up with a pretty good name: John Franco. He was the closer for nearly the entire decade. He racked up 276 saves in his Mets' career, 268 of which came in the 90s, when he had a 2.81 ERA.

Anyway, it's not a big deal, but I'm curious, Mets fans: Would you rather have a Franco or Alfonzo bobblehead?

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Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:28 am

Edgardo Alfonzo: Mets' 'legend?'

Franco held leads for them saved games for them for 14 seasons,

1. Best 10 years from 1990-1999.
2. 268 saves in that time 1990-1999.
3. Was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
4. Went to college at St. John's, in umm NY.

Kind of makes you realize the problems the Mets are experiencing has little to do with the players.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:31 pm

Edgardo Alfonzo: Mets' 'legend?'

Considering the Mets gave John Franco's #45 away pretty readily without a discussion to Pedro Martinez who came to the Mets for a cup of coffee, I'm not so sure the Mets organization holds Franco in such high regard. You're right on the money Matt though. It should definitely be John Franco being honored not Fonzy. Well, it's the Mets what do you expect. One bad decision after another...

Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:53 pm

Edgardo Alfonzo: Mets' 'legend?'

Clearly should have been Bobby Bonilla

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:00 pm

Edgardo Alfonzo: Mets' 'legend?'

You're both douche bags using for the "Really?" thing. It's old.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:43 pm

Edgardo Alfonzo: Mets' 'legend?'


I said I wasn't a Mets fan and was asking for Mets' fans opinions. You can feel free to give it without being rude. You know, every once in a while it's unnecessary.

Also, "sole NY cred" is funny. Franco was born and went to high school in Brooklyn. His father was a NY sanitation worker. Then he went to St. John's like you mentioned. Basically, the only time he wasn't a New Yorker was the six seasons before he joined the Mets -- where he spent the overwhelming majority of his career (14 years with Mets, 7 elsewhere). The man is a New Yorker through and through.

- Matt

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:39 pm

Edgardo Alfonzo: Mets' 'legend?'

     What, no "Marvelous Marv" Throneberry?

Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:35 pm

Edgardo Alfonzo: Mets' 'legend?'

Really? Really?  When can we go back to the days when every statement wasn't followed by "Really?"  Apparently you are not a Mets fan and you never saw John Franco pitch - the guy was Armando Benitez-lite, he was really a hired gun from the Reds who's sole NY cred came from being a St. John's guy - Alfonzo came up with the Mets, was a sole spotlight among a bunch of bad players, he was always clutch and shined brightly defensively both at 2nd base and at 3rd at times.  He also had one of the greatest Mets game where he went something like 6 for 6 with 3 Homeruns!  Da Fonz deserves or what...we're gonna make a non-home grown mediocre closer a "Legend"?  Really?

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:21 pm

Edgardo Alfonzo: Mets' 'legend?'

Definately Franco. I don't get the snub.

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