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05/26/09 2:30 PM ET

Franco to represent Mets at Draft

Reliever one of the franchise's most popular players

In a nod to his ties to both the Mets and St. John's University, John Franco threw out the ceremonial first pitch of a college exhibition game at Citi Field in March.

Perhaps he was doing some scouting, too.

Franco will represent the Mets at next month's First-Year Player Draft, a symbolic gesture for one of the franchise's most popular players. A fifth-round Draft pick of the Dodgers in 1981, Franco will represent a team that forfeited its first-round pick when it signed Type A free agent Francisco Rodriguez in the offseason.

Unlike last year, when they had a total of three picks in the first and supplemental rounds, the Mets do not have a pick this year until the second round, at No. 72 overall.

MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft from June 9-11. MLB Network will broadcast the first round at 6 p.m. ET on June 9 from Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., and those 32 selections also will be simulcast live on MLB.com.

Beginning with the 33rd pick, up-to-the-minute on-air coverage from the remaining rounds will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where host Vinny Micucci will be joined by MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo and Major League Scouting Bureau director Frank Marcos.

Once the first night is over, the Draft will continue with rounds 4-30 via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York at noon on Wednesday, June 10. Rounds 31-50 will be on Thursday, June 11, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Franco, 48, saved 276 games for the Mets over 14 seasons, and finished seventh in Cy Young Award voting in 1994. Over his entire 21-year career with the Mets and Reds, he compiled 424 saves, the fourth-most in big league history.

Last year's Draft representatives were Tim Teufel and Al Jackson.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.