Skip to content

Jeff Francoeur is in The Best Shape of His Life

Feb 25, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

Jeff Francoeur

He doesn’t utter the words, but when you have a story that spends multiple paragraphs on physical conditioning, change in diet and references to body fat percentage, all as a means of excusing last year’s poor performance and promising better performance in the coming year, you have captured the very essence of BSOHL.

I’m not gonna blockquote it. You have to read the whole thing to believe it. Not because of any specific passage, but because of how clearly this story is an apologia for Francouer’s shortcomings in 2012 and — as we’ve seen basically every year of his career — a rah-rah piece containing quotes about how he’s gonna turn it around in the coming season and assertions about how he’s too talented not to return to form, even if his good years are the aberration and his poor ones more the norm. I mean it: with the possible exception of last spring, every single year there is a story from someone in either Atlanta, New York or Kansas City talking about how Francoeur is poised to finally fulfill his promise and ascend to superstardom, as if it were preordained.

This edition of the story has it all: it has weight room talk, diet talk, swing-tinkering talk, change in bat weight talk, “gonna prove the naysayers wrong” talk. The whole deal. If he were a pitcher it would have something about a change in mechanics and pitch-tipping, I’m sure.

And like I said above: that’s what the BSOHL stuff is really about. It’s not about shape per se. It’s about optimistic spring training stories which serve as a basis for explaining away poor performance and raising expectations for better performance. Often as a player is either hitting free agency or entering his walk year. In this piece we have an almost perfect example of the form, applied to the player the meme was born to describe.

Latest Posts
  1. White Sox call up Klay Thompson’s brother, outfield prospect Trayce Thompson

    Aug 3, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT

    Trayce Thompson White Sox Getty Images

    He’s spent this season at Triple-A, batting .260 with 13 homers and 11 steals.

  2. The Marlins are screwing over one of their players… again

    Aug 3, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT

    Marcell Ozuna AP

    Time for a little Loria bashing to brighten up your Monday.

  3. David Price makes his Toronto debut this afternoon

    Aug 3, 2015, 12:41 PM EDT

    David Price

    Not a bad draw for him, as he has owned the Twins this season.

  4. Mike Matheny admits that players’ contracts matter when it comes to assigning bullpen roles

    Aug 3, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT

    Trevor Rosenthal AP

    Using your closer in the seventh or eighth inning may be a good idea, but Mike Matheny says that it’s not that simple.

  5. Yordano Ventura calls Jose Bautista a “nobody” and accuses him of stealing signs

    Aug 3, 2015, 9:08 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista AP

    Ventura went after the Jays’ slugger on Twitter, but then deleted the tweets.

  6. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2015, 5:00 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 11.47.24 PM AP

    Lots of walkoffs, lots of guys throwing at other guys and, oh yeah, the Mets are in first place.

  7. Kyle Lohse in danger of losing his spot in the Brewers’ rotation

    Aug 2, 2015, 11:05 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse Kyle Lohse

    Kyle Lohse may have lost his spot in the Brewers’ rotation as his struggles continued on Sunday against the Cubs.

  8. Video: Adeiny Hechavarria clubs a walk-off three-run home run for the Marlins

    Aug 2, 2015, 10:15 PM EDT

    Adeiny Hechavarria Getty Images

    Adeiny Hechavarria prevented the Marlins from getting swept by the Padres on Sunday.

  9. Lucas Duda will homer off of you, and your brother, too

    Aug 2, 2015, 9:25 PM EDT

    Lucas Duda Lucas Duda

    Lucas Duda has no respect for familial ties.

  10. Henry Owens will make his major league debut on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium

    Aug 2, 2015, 8:35 PM EDT

    Henry Owens Henry Owens

    Red Sox pitching prospect Henry Owens will debut at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. No pressure, kid.

  11. Dan Haren will “probably” retire after the season

    Aug 2, 2015, 7:45 PM EDT

    Dan Haren Dan Haren

    Dan Haren sounds pretty set on retiring after the season, but left open the possibility he’d pitch beyond 2015.

  12. Jose Bautista says he “lost a lot of respect for [Ned Yost] today”

    Aug 2, 2015, 6:55 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista Jose Bautista

    It’s safe to say the Royals and Blue Jays won’t be getting dinner with each other anytime soon.

  13. Brandon Morrow to get a second opinion on his ailing right shoulder

    Aug 2, 2015, 6:02 PM EDT

    Brandon Morrow Brandon Morrow

    Brandon Morrow will get a second opinion on his right shoulder, as his injury woes persist.

  14. A.J. Burnett’s career may be over

    Aug 2, 2015, 5:15 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett A.J. Burnett

    A.J. Burnett is prepared to pitch through an elbow injury if necessary.

  15. The benches cleared in Toronto, too

    Aug 2, 2015, 4:27 PM EDT

    Josh Donaldson Josh Donaldson

    The Blue Jays and Royals weren’t very friendly to each other on Sunday.

  16. The Reds’ and Pirates’ benches cleared after Brandon Phillips was hit with a pitch

    Aug 2, 2015, 3:56 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips Brandon Phillips

    Cincinnati hosted one of two benches-clearing incidents in baseball on Sunday.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. C. Gomez (5609)
  2. C. Hamels (4979)
  3. T. Tulowitzki (4885)
  4. Y. Cespedes (4243)
  5. D. Price (3597)
  1. M. Trout (3500)
  2. G. Parra (3416)
  3. B. Revere (3395)
  4. M. Latos (3347)
  5. J. Reyes (3337)