Meet the newest member of the Mets' Hall of Fame

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Meet the newest member of the Mets' Hall of Fame

From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP) -- Closer John Franco will be inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame before the June 3 game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Franco saved a Mets-record 276 games from 1990-04 and finished with 424 saves overall, the most by a left-hander. He becomes the 26th member of the Mets' Hall and the first to join since Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Davey Johnson and former general manager Frank Cashen in 2010.

Steve Nash doesn't watch every Warriors game: 'I would think my value...'

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Steve Nash doesn't watch every Warriors game: 'I would think my value...'

Prior to the 2015-16 season, the Warriors hired Steve Nash as a consultant.

He isn't in Oakland very often, and he doesn't catch every second of every game, but the two-time MVP provides value to the organization.

"I watch the Warriors because I'm involved with them and I love their team," Nash explained to Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report. "But the reality is I don't really watch full games, I just kind of follow and watch bits and pieces. So it's probably bad for me to admit this, but I don't watch a ton other than the Warriors.

"And even with them, I don't watch all their games, though I do as much as I can. I think I have a pretty good feel for them, though. I also think it's important for me in my role to be the person who has an outside view of the Warriors and not be in the forest with the same unlimited amount of data and intimacy that they all have.

"I can come in from 30,000 feet, provide that view -- like, 'Don't forget a fundamental thing here that you created, Steve Kerr.'"

[RELATED: How Steve 'Yoda' Nash helped Kevin 'Unicorn' Durant]

Nash played an instrumental role in helping Durant rehab from the knee injury he sustained on Feb. 28.

While the Warriors were busy trying to secure the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, Nash was in the practice facility with the eventual Finals MVP.

"Steve was here so I was able to get my rhythm working with him," Durant explained in his documentary Still KD. "He's probably one of the most skilled players ever. All the little one-dribble pull-up stuff, pick-and-roll stuff -- he critiques. He texts me after most games. We talk about stuff I need to work on.

"Just balance. You see why I do a lot of squats and shots -- mainly to get my core right, balance right. He's a guru with that. We call him Yoda. Got my Yoda work in with Steve."

Nash is a future Hall of Famer.

He captured back-to-back MVPs in 2005 and 2006.

He knows what he's talking about and Kerr listens.

"It's just that you're in the eye of the storm when you're a head coach," Nash detailed. "You have the management team, coaching staff, film staff, analytics team, training staff and playing team, and you're trying to manage all that and it's overwhelming. And then you have the media responsibilities.

"I don't know that I help at all, but I would think my value would be to help provide more of a clear-headed view from the outside. It's not like I have huge opinions, but I do have my point of view and perspective, and it's different because I'm not there."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

49ers offense: Top training camp competitions

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49ers offense: Top training camp competitions

The 49ers open training camp next week in Santa Clara with a number of competitions going on simultaneously on both sides of the ball.

Coach Kyle Shanahan did not hire an offensive coordinator. He will assume the role of running the offense, as he atempts to remake the 49ers' offense to his specifications.

Brian Hoyer is set at quarterback. Joe Staley will line up at left tackle. Kyle Juszcyzk was signed as the highest-priced fullback in the NFL, and the starting wide receivers figure to be Pierre Garçon and Marquise Goodwin.

After that, things are a lot less certain.

Here is a look at the 49ers’ top four training camp battles on offense:

INTERIOR O-LINE
The tackle positions appear straight-forward with Staley and Trent Brown – though Brown will have to hold off Garry Gilliam to retain his starting job.

But there are a lot of options for the 49ers at the three interior positions. Zane Beadles started all 16 games last season at three different positions. He enters camp as the front-runner to start at left guard.

Jeremy Zuttah, who was added to the Pro Bowl roster at center last season, came to the 49ers in an offseason trade with the Baltimore Ravens. Zuttah and Daniel Kilgore will compete for the starting job. Tim Barnes, who started 32 games the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, is in the mix, too.

If Zuttah is not the starting center, he can transition to either guard position to compete with Beadles on the left side or, more likely, the right side.

Joshua Garnett, whom former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke traded up to select in the first round of the 2016 draft, will have to show dramatic improvement over his rookie season to return as the starter at right guard.

Brandon Fusco, who spent his first six NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, started 16 games at left guard in 2015 and 14 games last season at right guard.

TIGHT END
It is within the realm of possibility the 49ers could have a complete overhaul at tight end, as none of the five players who finished the season with the team is a lock to win a roster spot.

The 49ers selected George Kittle in the fifth round. He showed a lot of promise with the best showing of any tight end during the team’s offseason program. The 49ers this offseason also added blocking tight end Logan Paulsen, who has experience in Kyle Shanahan’s scheme, and undrafted rookie pass-catcher Cole Hikutini.

Vance McDonald was the subject of trade talks during the draft – just months after signing a contract extension with $9.1 million in guaranteed money. Garrett Celek and Blake Bell also face stiff competition in order to be back on the 53-man roster.

RUNNING BACK
Carlos Hyde is entering the final year of his original four-year contract, and he has competition for the first time since Frank Gore’s exit cleared the way for him to be the featured back.

Shanahan and running backs coach Bobby Turner handpicked former Utah running back Joe Williams for their scheme. Williams got off to a slow start after joining the offseason program, but he eventually put himself into a position to compete for a significant role in training camp.

Veteran additions Tim Hightower and Kapri Bibbs will be competing for roles in the backfield, as well. Undrafted rookie Matt Breida had an impressive offseason during the non-padded practices.

SLOT RECEIVER
Jeremy Kerley was one of the few free agents from last year’s team that the 49ers had any interest in re-signing. Kerley was the best receiver on the team a year ago -- and it wasn’t even close. He caught 64 passes for 667 yards for the league's least-productive passing game.

The 49ers selected Trent Taylor in the fifth round, and he made an immediate impact during the offseason program after catching 136 passes for 1,803 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior at Louisiana Tech.

A year ago, Bruce Ellington was the 49ers’ best receiver during training camp before his season came to an abrupt end with a torn hamstring in an exhibition game. The onus is on Ellington to remain healthy and prove himself to the new coaching staff.