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Friday, July 10, 2009
Woo hoo!!!!I've never felt more loved and cared for in the world than I do right now. No less than 25 people have emailed, Twittered, Facebooked, and/or smoke signaled me to give me this glorious, wondrous news:
Two National League East foes swapped outfielders on Friday, as the Mets traded Ryan Church to the Braves for Jeff Francoeur. Church, a 30-year-old lefty hitter, was batting .280 with two home runs and 22 RBIs in 67 games for the New York. Francoeur, a 25-year-old righty bat, was hitting .250 with five homers and 35 RBIs in 82 games for Atlanta.
I repeat: someone has given the Braves actual value (with value defined as "a sentient being possibly capable of playing baseball") for Jeff Francoeur.
That it's the Mets only makes it sweeter.
I will sleep very, very well this weekend. Assuming of course I ever stop laughing.
(thanks to a jillion people for the heads up)
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 6:34pm
Tom Seaver said...
Just another reason I refer to the management team of the Mets as “Genius” Jerry and the Twit. I think I’ll go vomit now.
Posted 07/10 at 08:49 PM
Francoeur stinks, so it’s clearly a win for the Braves. But I would sound a note of caution about Church—despite generally good stats and some long periods of very good play, a lot of teams have seen him as expendable. He’s been hurt a lot, and there seems to be something about him that managers don’t like. It could just be bad decisions on their part, and I’d certainly take Church over Francoeur at this point, but it wouldn’t totally surprise me if Church continued to be inconsistent and frustrating rather than a really useful full time player.
Posted 07/10 at 09:24 PM
Troy Patterson said...
Does Citi Field have OBP on the board to keep Frenchy happy?
Posted 07/10 at 09:33 PM
It’s not that Church is all that great; it’s that Fagcoeur is all that bad. The Dude’s playing worse than a replacement level player and his defense is for suck.
Flushing should be weeping tonight. Omar finally pulled the deal that seals his god awful run as the team’s GM. The only deal on his resume that’s worse involved Bartolo Colon and the Expos.
Pathetic, awful day.
Posted 07/10 at 10:20 PM
An early Merry Christmas, Craig!
Wonderful quote from the NY Times:
Posted 07/10 at 10:45 PM
Screw you, Craig! To add insult to injury, this fecacta trade went down at the start of what should have been a peaceful weekend. Ugh!
Posted 07/10 at 11:14 PM
Nick Whitman said...
“Fagcoeur.” Classy, stosenstein. Why don’t you go play with all the other subhumans on the ESPN comment threads. I’m sure you’ll be very happy there.
Posted 07/11 at 03:42 AM
Brandon Isleib said...
Is it proper to say that the Mets and Royals landed their players, as if they caught them? Given the stats, it seems more like “look what washed up on the beach today!”
Posted 07/11 at 06:43 AM
Warren Hynes said...
Francoeur may never be effective again, and his plate discipline is unbelievably poor, but I’ll always hold out that glimmer of hope based on his amazing rookie season a few years ago - hope that he can show those five tools again, all at the same time. I know that once other teams figured him out, he was a mess. But once someone shows that promise, it’s hard to give up hoping it might come back ... (just talking as a baseball fan, as I have no allegiance to the Mets or Braves)
Posted 07/11 at 09:59 AM
I hate the Braves, I hate Francoeur, but I like you Craig so congrats to you.
I will now go look for an AL team to pull for and try my best not to send death threats to Omar Minaya.
Posted 07/11 at 01:07 PM
Finally going to chime in to say it feels like I’m living a dream right now. Thank god Failcoeur is a Met. Yesterday was better than Christmas for me.
And Jeff is headed to the world’s greatest media market where the Failcoeur nickname can truly become a worldwide phenomenon. Which is cool, because I know where it all got started.
Posted 07/11 at 01:53 PM
Nick Whitman said...
Francoeur’s rookie season was good, but it was a pretty small sample size, only 274 PA. And the two 100-RBI seasons he had that a lot of people seem excited about weren’t actually very good offensive seasons.
I feel for the Mets fans and I’d like to see them come out ahead in something, but I don’t see any indication that Francoeur is anything other than a terrible player who had a hot streak when he hit the majors.
Posted 07/11 at 03:16 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
The story of Francoeur is a very simple one:
Francoeur could hit a fastball in the zone when he came up. As is the habit in baseball, a lot of pitchers challenged him with those fastballs in the zone in his first year. Maybe word got around a few weeks too late, but it did, and then they stopped throwing him fastballs in the zone.
Normally, a player in Jeffy’s position learns to (a) hit breaking stuff and offspeed stuff; and (b) lay off pitches out of the zone. When that happens, pitchers occasionally have to go back to fastballs in the zone. Thus a productive hitter is born.
Jeffy never, ever learned to hit breaking and offspeed stuff and never learned to lay off stuff out of the zone. Thus he hasn’t seen many fastballs in the zone since 2005. And in fact, it seems he can’t even recognize or hit the rare ones he does get in the zone anymore. Almost every hit he gets now is a function of him swinging as hard as he can and the bat accidentally connecting with a pitcher’s mistake.
Now that he’s hitting in a bigger park, I fully anticipate that those swings will get even harder. Which should be a hell of a lot of fun.
Posted 07/11 at 03:25 PM
Greg Simons said...
“the south is God’s country”
If that’s true, Craig, why is it hot as Hell down here?
Posted 07/11 at 10:09 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
God’s old. Every old person I ever met kept their house hot.
Posted 07/11 at 10:17 PM
Posted 07/12 at 01:34 AM
Greg Simons said...
2-for-4 with 2 RBI = Jeff Francoeur, the Big Apple’s latest hero!
Posted 07/12 at 07:12 AM
I thought I would pass this along, because well, it’s just funny.
Frank Wren-Omar Minaya Phone Conversation
* Ring, Ring, Ring
* Frank excuses himself from his dinner with his wife as he hears the ring
Posted 07/12 at 10:24 AM
I officially give up on the 2009 Mets. In fact, I officially give up on the Mets until Omar Minaya is shown the door.
I can’t help but wonder if the Wilpons are part of the problem, too, but seeing as they aren’t going anywhere, that possibility is too painful to seriously contemplate…
Posted 07/13 at 11:32 AM
I’m a little late on the comment but when can the Twins trade Delmon Young to the Mets?
Posted 07/13 at 02:59 PM