Non-Braves fans often ask me why Jeff Francoeur drives me so crazy. He’s young and powerful and exciting, they say!
For Atlanta outfielder Jeff Francoeur, the search for a more disciplined approach is elusive and the source of occasional torment. Francoeur began this season with loose goals of 80 strikeouts and 50 to 60 walks. But he’s always been an aggressive player, and he’s wary of becoming too passive in the quest for a higher OBP.
“If on-base percentage is so important, then why don’t they put it up on the scoreboard?” Francoeur says.
Except OBP is on the Turner Field scoreboard, with Turner Field being the place Francoeur plays half his damn games.
I’m reminded today that there was a rumor floating around last winter about the Braves and Royals doing a straightup swap of Greinke for Francoeur. Everyone denied it at the time, but please, if there was even a scintilla of truth to it, DO NOT TELL ME. I don’t think I could bear it.
(thanks to J.C. Bradbury’s Facebook status update — a first for me, tip-wise — for the link)