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Quote of the Day: Jeff Francoeur

Jan 21, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

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“Citi Field is a damn joke”

— Royals’ outfielder Jeff Francoeur, speaking about his former home park as reported by KC Star blogger, Rustin C. Dodd.

Presumably Jeff blames the spacious and vexing Citi Field for his offensive woes as a New York Met.

  • Jeff Francoeur career line in Citi Field:  .249/.288/.404
  • Jeff Francoeur career line everywhere: .268/.310/.425

I guess the whole league is a damn joke to Francoeur too.

And please, in the interest of avoiding more Francoeur profanity, don’t anyone tell him that Kauffman Field is a fairly pronounced pitchers park.

  1. joshv02 - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    It is neutral according to BR.

    What a strange website ( how can a stadium that produces 3% more runs — according to parkfactors — be an “extreme pitcher’s park.” Just because a stadium suppresses HRs (hello, Fenway) doesn’t mean it is a pitchers park.


    • nps6724 - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      My guess is the amount of runs that occur in a stadium are a function of how good each team is and what they’re good at more than the park itself. If a park is neutral, a good-hitting poor-pitching team will make it look hitter-friendly while a poor-hitting good-pitching team will have the opposite effect.

      • Ari Collins - Jan 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        It’s pretty easy to strip that out, actually. Park factors take that into account and adjust for it. A simplified way to adjust for it is to compare how road teams hit at x park versus how they hit on the road at other parks.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    There’s a joke here and it ain’t Citi field.

    • Jonny 5 - Jan 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      But they have a giant apple in the batters eye El Bravo, and the RF porch is known as Utley’s corner. If it were Delgado’s corner it might get a pass, But A Phillie owns it……

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM

        Yup. A Phil that tends to get inside the head of their Opening Day starter with little to no effort.

  3. sdelmonte - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Hey, if the Mets build a pitching staff and a lineup to work with that, it will be a very funny joke to me.

  4. BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Blow up Citi Field and rebuild Shea. It’s all in the angles. And the planes flying overhead.

    • Alex K - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      I actually really like going to games at Citi when I lived in NY. I also liked Shea, as well. Maybe I’m just a sucker for National Leauge baseball?

      • BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

        I live in CT, and knew how to get in and out of Shea easily. Citi Field messed up the traffic pattern so bad, that in trying to exit the place, I ended up twice going down the Van Wyck toward JFK and hooking an on-and-off uuuie just to get back on the Van Wyck north to the Whitestone (quickest route I knew). Still haven’t figure out how the bleep to get out of that stadium onto the Whitestone Bridge cleanly.
        Citi Field food is much better than Shea, though.

      • Alex K - Jan 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        I totally agree on the food. I lived on Long Island, so I never really had problems getting home.

  5. fightoffyourdemons - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    I can’t wait for Jeff Francoeur to retire (due to being horrible at baseball) so he can become the next Joe Morgan-style terrible color commentator. I can just see him criticizing Billy Beane for writing Moneyball.

  6. yankeesfanlen - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Is Rustin C. Dodd a relative of Elwood P. Dowd? Maybe he imagined taking Frenchie out for cocktails.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Just imagine how the Royals pitching staff would look if the pitched half their games in a hitter’s park!

    • jkcalhoun - Jan 21, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      They tried this and called it 2002. Or any year 1995-2003. Didn’t work out so well for them, so they moved the fences back to what they had been prior to 1995. The fences are still shorter than what they had been originally, though (8 feet now instead of 12 as they had been prior to 1995).

      Also the power blue at home isn’t really working either.

  8. BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    OK, Craig… admit your Frenchie man-crush. :-)

  9. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jan 21, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Craig, you are reading way too much into Frenchie’s comment. He simply meant that Citi Field is joke. The fact is that Citi Field is a joke. It cost way too much and is an interior product when compared to most of the other MLB/AAA fields. Shea Stadium was called the rock pile. Citi Field is the falling down, junk pile. Not even a Yankees – Sox game there could give the place some class.

  10. marshmallowsnake - Jan 21, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    This is the pot calling the kettle black!

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