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Sunday, March 01, 2009

AJC: Francoeur remade

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. —- In his last round of batting practice Thursday, the one-swing round, a frisky Jeff Francoeur jumped into the cage and said to hitting coach Terry Pendleton: “Oppo bomb.”

Then he delivered an opposite-field blast over the right-field fence at Champion Stadium, into the Braves’ bullpen, nearly taking out a surprised group of pitchers.

Francoeur smiled and said to manager Bobby Cox: “That’s strength, Skip.”

Cox replied: “I like it.”

Pendleton added in feigned disbelief: “Did I just see what I just saw?”

Now the Braves would like to see something as impressive in games.

Power. Opposite-field hits. Consistency. Offensive production far exceeding his 2008 performance.

Francoeur entered last season with a .280 career batting average and .463 slugging percentage, then proceeded to hit .239 with a .359 slugging percentage, 11 homers and 71 RBIs.

Francoeur changed things in the offseason, losing some bulk, getting in better baseball condition and altering his swing during a three-day tutorial with a hitting coach in Texas.

The basic differences: Less hand movement, and more “open” with the front shoulder, which Francoeur said allows him to see pitches better with both eyes.

This has been your weekly Jeff Francoeur story by Jeff Francoeur fans at AJC for Jeff Francoeur fans by Jeff Francoeur fans. Jeff Francoeur.

Tripon Posted: March 01, 2009 at 05:32 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ChuckO Posted: March 01, 2009 at 10:44 AM (#3089411)
Hmm, I watched the Braves' spring training game on ESPN last week. First time up, he swung at the first pitch and grounded out. Second time up, he swung at the second pitch and popped up. His swing seemed to be shorter than in the past, but how long will that last? Let him go 0-for-10 or something like that and I expect him to revert to his old ways, though regression toward the mean suggests he will do better than last season.
   2. Cod Guy Posted: March 01, 2009 at 02:26 PM (#3089432)
Power. Opposite-field hits. Consistency. Offensive production far exceeding his 2008 performance.

I know that it falls under "offensive production..." but, really, there's no specific mention of "a modicum of patience at the plate"? Maybe they've just given up and are afraid that messing with him will make him even worse.


He was actually pretty consistent last season.
   3. Frisco Cali Posted: March 01, 2009 at 02:36 PM (#3089434)
This is so exciting. A batting practice homer.
   4. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 01, 2009 at 02:37 PM (#3089435)
I bet he's in the best shape of his career.
   5. bfan Posted: March 01, 2009 at 02:48 PM (#3089437)
"He was actually pretty consistent last season.

One of my favorite incorrect uses by athletes and coaches. They play well, then badly, and they say after the bad game that they need to be more consistent. No, they need to be better. They could play bad twice and be consistent.

Really sick of the frenchie articles; enough already. Let him succeed a bit, first.
   6. JuanGone..except1game Posted: March 01, 2009 at 03:22 PM (#3089441)
The only thing consistent about Frenchy is the AJC's coverage of him. Pravda has a more tense relationship with Putin than this.
   7. bfan Posted: March 01, 2009 at 03:36 PM (#3089445)
and the sacry thing is that when he comes back to his 2007 level (not so hot), the AJC Frenchie for MVP articles will start.
   8. flournoy Posted: March 01, 2009 at 03:36 PM (#3089446)
Nice to finally see some articles about Francoeur. I had been wondering what he was up to these days.
   9. 1k5v3L Posted: March 01, 2009 at 03:59 PM (#3089460)
The 2009 season should basically lock up the Hall of Fame for Frenchy, no?
   10. Tripon Posted: March 01, 2009 at 05:50 PM (#3089524)
I don't know, I find these Francoeur articles hilarious since if he was on any other team, nobody would pay attention to him.
   11. Tom (and his broom) Posted: March 01, 2009 at 06:06 PM (#3089532)
I read this article about Barry Zito right before catching up on Francouer...

I am thinking it will be interesting to see if Francouer's OPS+ is better than Zito's ERA+ this year.

Anyone else that should be in the preseason hype horse race of doom?
   12. Shalimar Posted: March 01, 2009 at 06:35 PM (#3089555)
Was he remade before or after he was reborn? And will the former undo the latter and turn him once more into the same player he was last year?
   13. Tripon Posted: March 01, 2009 at 06:41 PM (#3089563)
I'll bet on Zito. He was actually good at one time. Besides, a big part of ERA+ is innings pitched, and if anything Zito can can pitch into the later innings of starts.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: March 01, 2009 at 07:18 PM (#3089589)
Did they have the arbitration hearing? Who won?
   15. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: March 01, 2009 at 07:23 PM (#3089595)
They settled.
   16. Tripon Posted: March 01, 2009 at 07:24 PM (#3089596)
They settled for $3.1 million.
   17. flournoy Posted: March 01, 2009 at 11:45 PM (#3089762)
I'll bet on Zito. He was actually good at one time.

So was Francoeur.

July 2005.

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