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  1. RickyB said...

    This is a bit of old conventional baseball “wisdom” that goes back for decades. The feeling being that if you hit a home run, the pitcher thinks, “Well, at least there’s no on base now. I can relax and pitch the way I want.” As opposed to, “They’re hitting everything I throw up there and I’m not sure I can keep anything in the park. I’m in a world of trouble.” You decide which is more likely.

  2. Grant said...

    I want to see a team entirely made up of Jeff Francoeurs managed by Dusty Baker. That’d be the best team ever.

  3. Bill @ the daily something said...

    Holy crap. Do you think he’s being paid to put this act on? I mean, one comment like that is one thing, but this last week or so is just too good to be true from him. I suspect Joaquin Phoenix is behind this…

  4. Jason @ IIATMS said...

    That’s so bad, it’s good.  No, it’s better than good.  And in Frenchy’s world, good is bad.  So which is it?  Crap.  My head hurts.

  5. Jeremy said...

    Steve Lyons once said something similar doing color for a game on Fox a few years back – arguing that a triple is much better than a home run – extends the rally.

  6. Mayor McFleas said...

    Boy, a lot of people just can’t stand the fact that he’s actually playing well in NY, can they? So when are all the dire predictions going to start coming true? I want to mark it on my calendar.

  7. Chris Simonds said...

    Okay, I haven’t obsessed over the awfulness that is Jeff Francoeur the way some of you have. Am I wrong in getting the impression that he has good talent and good basic instincts, just not much upstairs? As the old saying has it, he’s a fine ball player from the neck down. I do remember when he first came up. Part of the adverse reaction to him now has to be due to the fawning adulation he got from tv and press commentators in the beginning. I say cut him some slack. Of course, he hasn’t played for any team that I care about.

  8. indy ralph said...

    Chris, I actually agree in a general sense – a player can be good without understanding why.  Understanding why probably only mildly enhances natural talent.  I’m just not sure he’s “playing well” as Mayor says.  I mean, MLB league average offense (.305/.338/.481) at corner outfield is “playing well” in relation to all baseball players worldwide.  But it’s not really “playing well” in the relation to other major league players.  It’s slightly above average.  For 35 games.  Following a year and half of suck.

  9. Diesel said...

    I think we’re all missing what’s most obviously the case: Jeff Francouer is the Patton Oswald of baseball. Saying that, with that kind of deadpan delivery? Dane Cook can’t carry this guy’s jockstrap.

  10. Jake said...

    witless relocation program: proudly ensuring that Tim McCarver and I are not seen in the same room, since 1966.

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