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Jason Heyward is not Jeff Francoeur

May 27, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

Francoeur Mets.jpegSuch a proposition should not need much explaining — and even attempting to explain it should not be interesting — but I’ll be darned if an article from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explaining that very proposition isn’t both illuminating and interesting.

Not so much because of the two players themselves — you know how I feel about both Heyward and Francoeur — but because of what it says about the differences between the baseball mindset (Heyward) and the football mindset (Francoeur).  I’ve never really thought too hard about Jeff Francoeur as a football player, but I can’t help but think that my distaste for him as a player has just as much to do with my perceptions of his mentality than they do his performance for my team.

Indeed, Francoeur now plays — badly — for a team I don’t much care for. This should make me happy on some shallow level. It doesn’t though. I’m still just as frustrated at him now as I was when he played for the Braves.  And I think it has to do with the temperament issues Bradley hits on in his piece more than anything else.

  1. Joey B - May 27, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    I don’t really know why he needed to FB reference. Basically, the game has not changed in a long time. If you swing at outside pitches, that’s all you’ll ever see. If the pitcher doesn’t occasionally need to throw you a strike, he won’t. See Brandon Wood.

  2. Mann of Sandd - May 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    It’s shocking that Mark Bradley would write anything even remotely insightful.

  3. nps6724 - May 27, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Francoeur is a spoiled whiner, plain and simple. He was catered to for so long that when anyone dared say something negative, he threw a hissy fit. He’s immature and delusional regarding his abilities. Every time he makes an out, I smile.

  4. The Rabbit - May 27, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    You don’t have to be a Braves fan to recognize that Francoeur sucks.
    When Francoeur showed signs of life during the first couple of weeks of the season and everyone was scrambling to grab players off the free agent lists to bolster their fantasy teams, not one “owner” picked him up in any of the leagues I play.
    Even Ryan Church is on the bench somewhere.

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