Do It! Send Francoeur to the Minors Now

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It’s time folks. I didn’t think a time like this would come, when Jeff Francoeur would be playing so bad that the fans would tolerate his departure from the team. He’s better than he’s been playing, but he looks as bad as he ever has. Let him go down and work on the things that need fixing. I think it will be better for him in the long run.

Because I’m away from my computer most of the time this week, I’ve weakened the comment filter so that I do not have to approve every comment. Feel free to post your comments on Francoeur here.

UPDATE: Rumor has it that this has already happened. If so, I take full credit, and I await the arrival of Barry Bonds. ;-)

Confirmed

30 Responses “Do It! Send Francoeur to the Minors Now”

  1. Bobby Cox says:

    JC, I’ve been trying to send down Frenchy for weeks. But the front office won’t sign off on it because they say female attendance at the ballpark will plummet. Apparently Jason Perry is just a fat ugly toad (albeit a fat ugly toad with a 1.000+ OPS)

  2. Mike Hampton says:

    How about letting me play right field? Heck, I’m a better hitter than pitcher anyways, and definitely a better hitter than Frenchy. (Pop quiz: Who has the better career K/BB ratio as a hitter, me or Frenchy?)

    I may not have thrown a single pitch since 2005, but you can bet I’ve been working on my hitting every single day since then, since I’ve had so much time to waste with my stupid injuries.

  3. Jeff Borris says:

    Move Blanco to right field. And then to replace the most walk-a-phobic hitter in the history of the game (ie Frenchy), sign the all time walks leader, Barry Bonds.

    Heck, I’ll even settle for signing the #2 all time walks leader. (Is Rickey even still playing for the NJ Bears?)

  4. Barry Bonds says:

    You guys want to sign me? I’m game.

    Play Blanco in right, and me in left. Let Brandon Jones fill in for me on the days that I’m too moody to play.

    Lineup is:
    1 KJ
    2 Chipper
    3 Tex
    4 All time HR king
    5 Heap
    6 Yuney
    7 Kotsay
    8 Blanco
    9 pitcher

    Guys, I’m offering myself for minimum salary. Is Frank Wren an idiot???

  5. Evan says:

    I think it’s phantom injury time. A couple weeks off for “mental health:, then a couple weeks on a rehab assignment destroying (hopefully) AAA pitching should be great for Jeff.

    As Tony Gywnn says, “There’s nothing you can do in the game with a tight booty.”

  6. Henry Aaron says:

    I’ve been too busy selling cars andplaying golf lately, but this is ridculous.

    Let’s send the boy down and tell him he can’t come back until he gets 5 walks in 15 games.

  7. Rickey’s not with the Bears any more. My attendance at baseball games has been in decline ever since.

  8. K-Funk says:

    JC, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Jason Perry, and whether he might be an adequate short-term replacement for Francoeur (or Norton or B. Jones, etc.)

  9. Ron says:

    It would certainly improve the Braves’ major league team to demote Francoeur. I am skeptical that Jeff is going to learn how to be a high OPS player in Richmond though. What is really needed is to trade him to another team like the Royals or Pirates who aren’t ever competing for the playoffs and can afford to give Jeff at-bats to try to figure out how to be a good or even average player.

  10. Lou Brown says:

    A similar treatment worked for Willie Mays Hayes: Everytime I see you swing at the first pitch, you owe me twenty push-ups. Also, take a page out of Scott Hatteberg’s book (no talent, 100% plate disipline) and combine it with yours (100% talent, no plate discipline) and you may penetrate that 800 OPS forcefield.

  11. Greyson says:

    I really want to like Gregor Blanco, but he just doesn’t have the arm to play in right. I don’t even like his arm in center. Frenchy’s run production + defense is worth as much or more than any other current option. It might not be best for him, but it’s best for the team to keep him in the lineup.

  12. Brant says:

    Frenchy’s run production is a function of the OBPs ahead of him in the lineup, not really anything he’s doing. The guy’s not even slugging .400 – unacceptable for a corner OF spot (or even CF, really).

  13. Brian Jordan says:

    Bobby,

    Good to see you commenting on this blog. I’ll tell you, the trunk of my car is loaded with my equipment. I’m even wearing a jock strap under my suit while on Braves Live.

    If you send down Francoeur, just give me a call–I’ll be there in a flash.

  14. Terence Moore says:

    Amen, JC!!! Not only should the Braves send down Francoeur, they should replace him by trading for Griffey. Or, at the very least, signing Brian Jordan.

    Too many whities, not enough blacks on this team! I’m working on a new column about this racial bias by the team for next week.

  15. leviinalaska says:

    (shakes head and laughs at the previous comments) when the cats away…the mice will play…

  16. Devon Young says:

    He’s just getting worse by the month. What’s Atlanta waiting for?

    Apr: .277
    May: .236
    Jun: .206
    Jul: 1 for 8 (thru 2nd)

  17. Gary in Jasper says:

    Let him ride the bus and carry his own bags for a while and send Terry Pendleton with him.

  18. Jeff Francoeur says:

    Forget it, guys. Remember those scandalous pictures of Bobby Cox that Keith Lockhart used to own (and, for a while, Brian Jordan as well)?

    Well, they are in my possession now…

  19. Terence Moore says:

    Hey everyone. It’s me again! After writing my weekly “Braves Don’t Have Enough Black Players” column for next week, I came up with a really great idea.

    Let’s sign Hank Aaron to play right field, since All-American white boy can’t seem to hit anymore. Three reasons why we should make this move:

    1. He’s a career 0.929 OPS hitter.
    2. He loves Bobby Cox.
    3. He would increase fan attendance.

    I know he’s a bit old, but you don’t just forget how to hit homeruns overnight.

  20. Ken Tremendous says:

    Someone should start a new blog…

    http://www.fireterencemoore.com

  21. Terence Moore says:

    All Right!!! We finally got a white guy kicked off the team! And it’s gonna’ be a brotha’ (Brandon Jones) who gets his job.

    Finally, there is justice in Atlanta!

    Personally, for me, this sort of makes up for the very unjust acquisition of Kotsay (yet another white boy) instead of Ken Griffey Jr. (future hall of famer who happens to be black).

    Maybe Frank Wren will make this organization a little less racist!!!

  22. Frank Wren says:

    Guys, did you see? Franoeur hit a homer AND walked during his first plate appearance at Mississippi tonight. Two things he never did while playing in Atlanta.

    Looks like the minors is where he’s meant to play, huh?

  23. Frank Wren says:

    Another pop quiz for y’all:

    Which Braves starting pitchers have a higher career walk rate (as a hitter) than Frenchy?

    Answer: Smoltz, Glavine, Hampton, and Jurjjens (check it, Jair is an on-base machine!)

    Any one of those four guys would be better in RF than Hack

  24. Jason Perry says:

    Thanks for all your good lobbying efforts, JC. Where do I send the check?

    Regards,
    Jason

    PS. I’ve only been in Atlanta for one day and already have more XBH’s and RBI’s than Frenchy has since June 20.

  25. Frank Wren says:

    “This has really put a damper on my relationship with the Atlanta Braves,” Jeff Francoeur said.
    =========================

    Actually, Frenchy, you may not realize it, but your 0.287 OBP kind of put a damper on our relationship with you.

    SHOULD HAVE ACCEPTED THAT MEGA-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT OFFER WE GAVE YOU LAST SPRING, HUH?

    Good thing you didn’t, tough. Cause now we’ll have enough money to go after Adam Dunn this offseason.

  26. JJ says:

    This blog is awesome

  27. DOB says:

    ha ha, loved the cameo appearance by terence moore. the most hilarious comment replies ever on this blog.

  28. Here’s a list of all the outfielders we COULD have afforded to sign last winter:

    1) Barry Bonds
    2) Kenny Lofton
    3) Milton Bradley
    4) Luis Gonzalez

    Instead, who are we stuck with? Frenchy and Greg Norton.

    Even if Frank Wren is allergic to Barry Bonds (hey, I once TRADED for bonds, remember?), there are (and still are) perfectly good options out there for filling a corner outfield spot. Lofton (who put up a .367 OBP last year) is still available.

    I understand there are personality concerns with both Bonds and Lofton, but get over it already: Fans care much more about wins and losses than about whether there’s a nice lovey-dovey warm feeling in the clubhouse.

  29. Keith Lockhart says:

    Uh, looks like Frenchy doesn’t own those dirty pictures of Bobby Cox after all. I’m pretty sure Corky’s got them.

    A catcher in the lineup batting 0.093 ?????

    Let me remind Mr. Wren/Schuerholz (since they seem to be following this blog religiously) that the organization possesses or used to possess the in the recent past:

    Clint Sammons
    Salty Dog
    Brayan Pena
    Max Ramirez
    Javy Lopez (I know he was washed up this spring, but he can hit better than 0.093, that’s for sure)

    There is no reason why Corky Miller should be the starting catcher on this Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. There’s no excuse here. This is outright mismanagement by Wren/Schuerholz. Catching depth used to be our organization’s strength. No reason to have brought in an outside backup catcher who hits worse than my grandma.

  30. Ryan Klesko says:

    Oh, Bobby, Bobby, Bobby. Always in love with those all-glove, no-bat players. Probably because he used to be one himself as a player. It’s as they say: mediocrity breeds mediocrity.

    And on top of that, Bobby also decided that Kelly Johnson belongs on the bench today. And that Omar Infante’s bat is good enough to start in LF today.

    I almost wish the front office would just give Bobby a nine-man roster, and no one else. That way, there’s no temptation to try out his stupid favorite platoons every other day.

    Or, as Bobby put it (when starting Brian Jordan in RF during game 1 of the 2005 NLDS), “Just trying to catch lightening in a bottle.”

    Typical Bobby.