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Jeff Francoeur wants to play every day

Nov 4, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

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Because they can’t help themselves, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Jeff Francoeur yesterday.  Mostly chitchat, but this question about Francoeur’s hopes and dreams for next season stood out:

Q. A part-time role isn’t what you’re after, is it?

A. No, I want to play every day, and the Rangers know that. That’s why I said they’ll have decisions to make. If not, hopefully I’ll go somewhere else. I definitely want to go back, but that stuff will play itself out in the next couple months.

Look, I know everyone wants to play every day, but Francoeur has to appreciate that there are very, very few teams that want to do that with him given his limitations, to put it mildly, against righties. And, no, I will not accept a response that says “hey, he’s just being competitive: there’s nothing wrong with that!”  Why? Because he’s going to be a free agent as soon as the Rangers non-tender him, and any team who may be interested in him in a platoon or backup role is going to be scared away if they think he’s going to sulk if he’s not a full-timer.  Which he will, because he’s done it before.

If Jeff Francoeur truly wants to play every day, here’s what he needs to do: shut up about wanting to play every day, make noises about being flexible, about being a team player and about wanting to go wherever he can contribute. That way he doesn’t scare off the 25-28 teams in major league baseball that are smart enough not to name him their everyday right fielder.  Then, once he’s under contract, Francoeur can work his tail off to improve and impress — rather than just tell the AJC that he’s going to, like he does every spring — and make his new team think twice about him being merely a role player.  And of course, to be prepared to take over full time in the event of an injury or something.

Jeff Francoeur has been given starting jobs for no good reason for many years now, and has failed to deliver. If he had delivered, sure, maybe voicing his desire to be a starter would be justified. But that hasn’t happened, and because of it he cannot afford to be seen making demands like this in the media.

  1. willmose - Nov 4, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Certainly he would be an upgrade for the Pirates or Marniers in RF.

    • crazyyankee - Nov 4, 2010 at 10:08 AM

      umm, the mariners have ichiro in RF

      • IdahoMariner - Nov 4, 2010 at 4:27 PM

        yeah, I read comment and nearly stroked out. I’m okay now, though, so I will only say:

        are you freakin’ kidding me?! Francoeur an upgrade over Ichiro?! Francoeur isn’t an upgrade over the random guys they’ve been throwing into left field…but Ichiro?! Jeeeeeeeezuuuuuuss.

        okay. I’m good. crazyyankee had more restraint.

  2. klbader - Nov 4, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    I also would like to play every day in the major leagues. I hit righties only slightly worse than Francouer. I’d be willing to accept a part time role as well though.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 4, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    And big Poopy wants a long term deal too. But He’s in trouble, ever since Vlad hit the FA list now isn’t he?? His option was declined 1 yr 9 million. What is a beaneater to do???? hmmm????

    • scapistron - Nov 4, 2010 at 2:03 PM

      Pass gas

    • IdahoMariner - Nov 4, 2010 at 4:28 PM

      what the hell is a beaneater?

  4. theolgoaler - Nov 4, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Count me among those who would like to “play every day”… I hit three ways; “right-handed, left-handed, and seldom.” (Sorry, I forget who originally came up with that quote.) Go into Spring Training, Frenchy, and prove you can play every day…

  5. paperlions - Nov 4, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Francoeur was the worst RF in MLB to get 450+ ABs. The RFs trotted out there by Pittsburgh had a combined OPS 75 pts higher than Francoeur.

    He doesn’t represent an upgrade as an everyday RF for anyone.

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