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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Former Major Leaguer Eric Gagné Pitching Coach for France at WBC Qualifier

Former Major League reliever Eric Gagné, who set a record with 84 straight successful converted save opportunities with the Los Angeles Dodgers, will join the coaching staff of Team France for the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in September in Jupiter, Florida.

Well, do you know any other Francophones with pitching experience?

Gamingboy Posted: August 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: france, international, wbc, world baseball classic

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   1. PS is probably out of his league Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:07 PM (#4214859)
Rhéal Cormier comes to mind.
   2. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4214877)
Erik Bedard grew up speaking French at home and not much English, despite the Germanic spelling of his first name.

Also let's not forget the great AAAA catcher Pierre-Luc LaForest, who should really be called Pierre-Luc La Forêt.
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:17 PM (#4214879)
I don't know if Marcel Lachemann is actually French, but if he isn't, he should be
   4. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: August 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4214958)
A friend of mine pitched briefly in college and has lately moved to Luxembourg. He can at least order a meal in French by now. Does that count?

In related news, the Rouen Huskies have just taken their eighth straight title in the top division of French baseball.
   5. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 22, 2012 at 03:19 PM (#4214998)
Well, do you know any other Francophones with pitching experience?
There's Éric Cyr, but it might be best to keep him away from airplanes.
   6. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 22, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4215056)
So he'll work with Justice French?
   7. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 22, 2012 at 04:12 PM (#4215063)
Ray Daviault from the '62 Mets was, I think, Francophone.

The only Montréal native the Expos ever developed, Derek Aucoin, has a Francophone father and an Anglophone mother, and speaks both fluently.

Jean-Pierre Roy had three appearances for the 1946 Dodgers and was the French language TV guy for the Expos when I lived there as a kid. He's also 92 and probably not too keen to get back into coaching. "A charming gent, always impeccably dressed and groomed, he remains with us as of 2008. In his late eighties, he remembers all his lightly picaresque tales well."

EDIT: Those three combined to go 1-6 with a 6.40 ERA. If it's true that the best coaches are often bad players, then one of those guys looks like a good bet.

   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 22, 2012 at 04:25 PM (#4215082)
Denis Boucher? He was the pitching coach for Canada at the first WBC.
   9. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 22, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4215105)
Steve Green (Étienne Vert?) is Francophone and went to the same high school and Gagné and Cyr. He's best remembered as the guy who was on the Angels' 40-man roster in 2002 after having had Tommy John surgery in June, thus allowing Francisco Rodriguez to pitch in the playoffs as Green's "replacement".

For his MLB career Green had a 1.000 winning percentage and a 158 ERA+, averaged 6 innings a start. Good guy to have around.
   10. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 22, 2012 at 04:56 PM (#4215140)
Quebec native Claude Raymond pitched for the Expos at the end of his career. I assume he spoke French, since his nickname was "Frenchy."
   11. God Posted: August 22, 2012 at 05:11 PM (#4215167)
I assume the same of Jeff Francoeur.
   12. STIGGLES don't want to talk about cracker barrel Posted: August 22, 2012 at 05:35 PM (#4215191)
phillipe aumont is a canadian prospect in the phillies minor league system whose name sounds like he should have some french in him.
   13. Mayor Blomberg Posted: August 22, 2012 at 05:42 PM (#4215200)
Marcel and Rene Lachemann's father was a chef, does that count?
   14. Greg K Posted: August 22, 2012 at 05:48 PM (#4215202)
France won't be competing in the group, but I just booked my trip to Regensburg to see the UK/Germany/Czech/Canada pool. Exciting!
   15. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: August 22, 2012 at 07:19 PM (#4215261)
Bring me back a Buchbinder Legionare Regensburg jersey, willya?
   16. crict Posted: August 23, 2012 at 12:29 AM (#4215434)
Raymond was also an instructor with the MLB-owned Expos.

He's long gone, but Paul Calvert was a native French speaker, and also spoke English, Spanish and I believe some Italian. He had been the most promising pitching prospect to come out of Quebec but he blew his arm even before signing as a pro. He got a little bit of press as an intellectual in his brief MLB career. He looked the part too. Any surprise that he was also an accountant?
   17. phredbird Posted: August 23, 2012 at 09:59 AM (#4215630)
Ron Guidry is the best cajun player in baseball history. don't know if he spoke french, but i'll bet anything his grandparents did, and probably his parents.
   18. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: August 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM (#4215634)
Erik Bedard grew up speaking French at home and not much English, despite the Germanic spelling of his first name.


Maybe his parents are from Strassberg
   19. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM (#4215704)
Maybe his parents are from Strassberg


He should have played for Metz.
   20. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM (#4215709)
Ron Guidry is the best cajun player in baseball history. don't know if he spoke french, but i'll bet anything his grandparents did, and probably his parents.


Good one. From an SI story from 1979:

"Guidry's immediate family includes his parents and parents-in-law, as well as Ron's grandmothers and his paternal grandfather Gus, a salty, spirited, sometimes French-speaking Cajun who often hunts with his famous grandson."

   21. Greg Franklin Posted: August 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4215772)
Phillippe Aumont is indeed a Quebecois, and pitched for Team Canada in the 2009 WBC when he was still a 1st-round stud.

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