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Your Jeff Francoeur apologist quote of the day

Mar 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT


The year-after-year Jeff Francoeur propaganda — or, as I shall henceforth call it, “Francoeurganda” — has been well-cataloged by now.  No matter how poorly he does, someone is going to say that this, by gum, is the year he breaks out.  No matter how little he progresses, Francoeur himself is going to say that he’s working on his plate discipline.  You can set your watch by this alternate universe jive. And frankly, I’d miss it if we didn’t have it.

But I gotta tell ya, friends, we may have peaked with this stuff. Because I see no way anyone can pull off a nutsier bit of Francoeurganda than what Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer just pulled, explaining away Frecnhy’s brutal spring training, during which he had an 0-for-25 skid:

“From a swing standpoint, when you watch his video, it is clean and it’s good. It’s solid. He was staying inside the ball. He was staying on the ball. It’s just that his timing was all jacked up because he wasn’t ready to get on it when it’s time to get on it. That’s because he was making sure everything is in its place and exactly right.”

Look, I don’t expect Jeff Francoeur’s own hitting coach to simply come out and say “yeah, he’s having problems and may not be all that good at hitting,” but it seems like there is some truth that can be told between, you know, the real truth, and “he isn’t hitting because he’s making sure everything is just so.”

Now, let us all sit back and wait until June when Francoeur is benched and he demands a trade to a place where he can play full time.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    I always thought it was “keep your eye on the ball” not “keep your eye on your swing”, but I never was in the MLB so I’m no expert.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Yeah, waiting for meatballs to come at you and hit your bat for a bloopie is just the way to play it, Frenchie.

  3. RedHeadedBastard - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    How about the ball being at the exact point where he should swing and hit the ball? What else needs to be in “its right place?”

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    From a swing standpoint, when you watch his video, it is clean and it’s good. It’s solid.

    His swing was never the issue. The issue was when not to swing. Like a pitches in the dirt, or too far outside, or ones you couldn’t hit with a telephone pole.

  5. Jonny 5 - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    By the Laws of averages, wouldn’t he have at least hit one of those pitches by accident if his eyes were closed?

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:34 AM

      The problem here is that Frenchie abides by no laws, whether that be averages, gravity, physics or Murphy’s.

  6. Joe - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    “Now, let us all sit back and wait until June when Francoeur is benched and he demands a trade to a place where he can play full time.”

    That’s fun to think about. If he can’t play full-time for the Royals, where would he go? The Pirates? The Astros? The Mariners? Who is going to be so much worse than the Royals that they could benefit from pencilling in Frenchie every night?

    • trevorb06 - Mar 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

      It’ll be when he plays for the Yankees… Scranton.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 29, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Has anyone ever tried him as a pitcher? His one valuable asset is his arm. It might make sense…what have they got to lose?

  8. addictedzone - Mar 29, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    He obviously is a student of the Brad Komminsk school of swing. He has a beautiful swing, if the pitcher would only do his job and hit the bat.

  9. sportsdrenched - Mar 29, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    This kind of politician double speak has been perpetuated by Royals Coaches and Front Office people for so long I don’t even pay attention to it anymore.

  10. spudchukar - Mar 29, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Isn’t this really a rather obtuse way of saying his problem isn’t physical?

    • ralphdibny - Mar 29, 2011 at 1:18 PM

      Yes. His problem is pitch recognition. Always has been. And pitch recognition isn’t teachable. What Seitzer is saying is “He has a great swing, but by the time he recognizes the pitch, it’s too late.” Which is true. Frenchy has to start swinging before he’s ready if he’s going to make contact, which leads either to swinging at bad pitches or getting lucky. And good pitchers aren’t going to throw it down the middle and let him get lucky.

  11. cptnew1 - Mar 29, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Maybe he should say ‘you know what’ to Jo-Bu, and do it himself.

  12. mlenenski - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Craig, There is so little press on Francoeur right now. I know he’s doing okay in KC for the moment, but can’t you please find something to bash him on. Otherwise, no one is going to cover him. You certainly couldn’t espouse on why spring training and regular season stats don’t always align the way you’d expect.

    The Braves whom you love, certainly don’t need his kind around, and you could probably say the Rays would be a bad fit. In fact, why not come up with the top ten teams where he would suck the most with his lousy optimistic attitude.

    That would be entertaining…..this headline was not.

  13. mlenenski - Apr 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Jeff Francoeur went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Kansas City’s loss to the Indians on Wednesday.
    The homer came with the Royals training 7-3 in the ninth inning, so it was a very important hit. With everyone waiting for him to slow down, Frenchy is now hitting .333 with three home runs and 15 RBI through his first 69 at-bats. If you’re in dire need of offense in your mixed league, you have nothing to lose by taking a flier. Apr. 20 – 11:45 pm et

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