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  • I'll look into those guys, Cowtipper, but meanwhile...

    Julio Franco

    The ageless wonder served as bench coach for Tiburones de La Guaira in the Venezuelan winter league this past season.

    He was manager of Pericos de Puebla in the Mexican League in 2012 and 2013, but he's not there this year.
    The man whom he replaced, Houston Jiménez, is back.

    From what I can gather, Franco is again serving with the Oakland A's organization (in 2011 he was their lead scout in Venezuela).
    La Guaira wants him back, but he may get an offer to manage from another Venezuelan club.


    • Kurt Abbott

      Abbott lives in Stuart, Florida. He is serving as a coach with MLP (Major League Players Academy).
      Starting in 2004, he had gone into law enforcement, first as a Stuart police officer, then as a deputy sheriff in Martin County, Florida (where Stuart is located).
      However, after a DUI arrest in May 2012, he was put on administrative leave while the case worked its way through the system.
      It appears that he may have lost his position, though I can't tell for certain.


      • Darren Bragg

        Bragg runs The Hit Club, a training facility in Thomaston, Connecticut (the state where he grew up).
        He also continues to work in the Reds organization as an outfield/baserunning coordinator.


        • VI Baseball,Please tell us what Dave Schneck who was John Franco's favorite Met growing up at least that's what he said
          is doing these days.I really appreciate it.
          "You don't give up any runs,we'll guarantee you
          at least a tie." ~ Grote to Koosman


          • Dave Schneck

            I was thinking about Schneck too, Joe, after posting about the various other guys in the Tug McGraw trade.

            I remember reading years ago on the Ultimatemets site that Dave had become a schoolteacher, but I have a notion that those people (a few were kids) may have been talking about a different Dave Schneck (yes, folks, there's more than one out there).

            Schneck the Met never played again in the majors after 1974, though he stuck it out in Triple A through 1977.
            After leaving baseball, he sold insurance for a while, but his main line of business became contracting -- his company is called "The Waterproofer".
            Schneck lives in Northampton, PA, which is right next door to his birthplace, Allentown.

            He is also the longtime owner of a batting cage company called The Hitter's Edge in Whitehall, PA.
            Last edited by VIBaseball; 04-17-2014, 12:44 PM. Reason: Hitter's Edge affiliation


            • VI Baseball,Could you please tell us what Dave Marshall(Kramden's Delicious Marshall)is doing these days.
              Marshall was used as a pinch hitter for the Mets 44 years ago today in a 5-3 loss to the Padres at Shea.
              Marshall reached on an error by shortstop Ron Slocum to lead off the bottom of the ninth to bring the
              tying run at the plate but was left stranded.This was a day game.However,the next day was the memorable
              Tom Seaver game in which he struck out 19 batters including the last 10 in a row as the Mets beat the Padres
              2-1 at Shea in a day game.Al Ferrara hit a solo home run off of Seaver for the Padres only run.Ferrara was also
              the first of 10 straight batters to strike out off of Seaver and was also the last and 10th straight batter to strike
              out off of Seaver to end the game.During the Mets game yesterday Gary Cohen mentioned this and also mentioned
              that he stumbled upon seeing Al Ferrara on Match Game five years later(actually four years later)but Gary was
              mentioning this out of memory and he was still really close.Gary and Ron Darling were reminiscing about Match Game
              during the telecast and I mentioned this earlier today in the Between Innings forum as milladrive originally mentioned
              this in the Between Innings forum back in December 2011.Well,all the Mets players who played in the Tom Seaver
              game we either know what they're doing or they are no longer with us.So since the game before the Tom Seaver
              game was 44 years ago today I decided to look for a Mets player in the box score that may not be as well known
              as the others so I came up with Dave Marshall.VI Baseball,Could you please tell us what Dave Marshall is doing these
              days.I really appreciate it.
              "You don't give up any runs,we'll guarantee you
              at least a tie." ~ Grote to Koosman


              • Dave Marshall

                The Mets traded this reserve outfielder to the Padres after the 1972 season. He started the year with San Diego in 1973 but got sent down to Triple-A Hawaii in June. He retired after the season. He now lives in Long Beach, California and has his own company, David Marshall Investments.

                The guy the Mets got in return, pitcher Al Severinsen, retired after spring training 1973.


                • Chris Donnels

                  I was taking a look at the roster of the '92 Mets, a.k.a. "The Worst Team Money Could Buy". I thought I'd see what Donnels has been up to.

                  I didn't remember that he'd been a first-round pick of the Mets in 1987. As undistinguished as the history of Mets' first-rounders has been in many respects, Donnels did more at the major-league level than most, even if it wasn't a heck of a lot. He played in the majors as late as 2002, after returning in 2000 from four years in Japan. In his late 30s, he stuck it out for two more years in Triple A before finally retiring.

                  He had help staying around that long -- Donnels was one of the players named in the Mitchell Report -- but you have to give him some credit for desire and tenacity.

                  Donnels is now assistant varsity baseball coach at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, California. That's in Orange County; Donnels grew up not far away in Torrance and went to college at Loyola Marymount in L.A.


                  • VI Baseball,Could you please tell us what Jack Fisher is doing these days? This past April 17 was the 50 year anniversary
                    of Fisher being the first Mets starting pitcher in Shea Stadium history.Fisher is actually going to be signing free autographs
                    with paid admission this Saturday at Westchester County Center in White Plains from 1pm-3pm.Well,VI Baseball,when Fisher
                    is not doing autograph signings could you please tell us what he is doing these days? I really appreciate it.
                    "You don't give up any runs,we'll guarantee you
                    at least a tie." ~ Grote to Koosman


                    • Jack Fisher

                      Jack has lived for a long time in Easton, Pennsylvania, the town best known as the home of heavyweight champion Larry Holmes.

                      He has been retired since 2006 after selling the Easton sports bar named for him, Fat Jack's. The place is still in business.


                      • Terrel Hansen

                        Who remembers this big fellow? He was on the Mets roster for two games in 1992 after the Mets called him up to replace Kevin Baez, who had a broken finger. He was sent back down before getting into a game (he was going to pinch-hit once but got called back) and never did make an appearance in the majors.

                        Hansen grew up in Washington state and that's where he still lives. He's the director of Northwest Blaze Baseball, a youth program.


                        • Kevin Baez

                          2014 will be Baez's fourth season as manager of the Long Island Ducks and his 12th as a member of the organization.

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                          • How about a few early Mets - what are George Altman, Craig Anderson, Larry Burright, Chris Cannizzaro and Duke Carmel up to these days?

                            I updated the Index for those interested.
                            Last edited by Cowtipper; 05-21-2014, 11:52 PM.


                            • George Altman

                              He lives in O'Fallon, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
                              His chapter in the 2005 book Where Have All Our Cubs Gone? tells you a lot (even though you can't see it all on Google) about this interesting and intellectually inquisitive man.

                              A journey throughout the world to track down former Cubs to update fans on their present-day lives and look back on their playing or managing careers. Once a Cub, always a Cub, and these former inhabitants of Wrigley Field won't soon forget their days in the Friendly Confines.


                              • Chris Cannizzaro

                                The catcher had his best years in San Diego, including a spot on the NL All-Star team in 1969 (somebody had to represent the expansion Padres).
                                Cannizzaro has been residing there for a long time. Since 2006, he has been Director of Baseball Operations for the University of San Diego.


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