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Jeff Francoeur

  1. That Melky Cabrera trade isn’t looking so good

    Jul 11, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Melky Cabrera‘s return to Kauffman Stadium was a roaring success Tuesday, as he went 2-for-3 and captured All-Star Game MVP honors in the National League’s 8-0 shutout of the American League. Cabrera earned his trip to Kansas City by collecting an NL-leading 119 hits in the first half. He’s batting .353/.391/.519 with eight homers and…

  2. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  3. U.S. crushes World team in Futures Game

    Jul 8, 2012, 8:13 PM EDT

    SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game

    When the Futures Game rosters were announced last month, the difference in the pitching staffs appeared dramatic; the U.S. was littered with big-time arms featuring first-round pedigree. The World team just didn’t match up. So, it really shouldn’t come as any surprise that the U.S. beat up on the World’s second-tier pitchers Sunday in running away…

  4. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    arroyo getty

    Reds 4, Brewers 3: Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter through seven and then ended up with a no-decision. Guess that happens when you ask a starter who usually throws less than seven innings a start to go eight, eh?  Still a nice game until that eighth, and a win for the Redlegs. Giants 2, Dodgers…

  5. Lorenzo Cain restarts rehab assignment following April setback

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Lorenzo Cain Getty

    The Royals traded Melky Cabrera to the Giants during the offseason with the idea that Lorenzo Cain would be their starting center fielder moving forward. That trade obviously hasn’t worked out so well for the Royals, as Cabrera is hitting .364 this season and leads the majors in hits while Jonathan Sanchez has been terrible…

  6. AL All-Star balloting update: Jose Bautista joins the leaders

    Jun 18, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The latest American League ballot totals are in and the red-hot Jose Bautista has moved into third place in the outfielder voting, with Nelson Cruz dropping out of the lineup to fifth place. Bautista had the AL’s highest vote total last year, but his slow start guarantees he won’t duplicate that feat this year. Instead, it looks…

  7. Jeff Francoeur is on the board!

    May 13, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson, Jeff Francoeur

    And Robin Ventura still seems out of his element. Jeff Francoeur finally hit his first homer Sunday, taking Nate Jones deep in the eighth inning as part of the Royals’ 9-1 win over the White Sox. The homer came in his 124th at-bat of the season. Francoeur last year hit 20 homers in 601 at-bats.…

  8. Royals prospect Wil Myers up to nine homers already

    May 7, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    It’s been an entirely disappointing year in Kansas City thus far, but there’s still talent in the system worth getting excited about. For instance, Wil Myers, who just homered in a second straight game for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday and is up to nine homers for the year. Myers is hitting .336/.390/.692 overall. The…

  9. Jeff Francoeur continues to be an awesome human being

    May 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Remember that time Jeff Francoeur signed a baseball, wrapped a $100 bill around it and tossed up to the fans with a message telling them that the pizza was on him?  Yeah, he did it again, this time for beer. Yeah, that’s a great way for people to cut you some slack over a .245/.290/.330…

  10. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    Orioles 10, White Sox 4: Matt Wieters homered twice. The first one coming in the eighth, which kicked off the O’s comeback after finding themselves down 4-1, the second one: a 10th inning grand slam which put the game out of reach. Twins 7, Yankees 3: Joe Mauer had three hits and Justin Morneau played in…

  11. Jeff Francouer delivers pizza to an entire section at the Oakland Coliseum

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Last year, you’ll recall, Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur gave some A’s fans who sit in right field a $100 bill and an autographed baseball with explicit instructions that they use the money to purchase bacon dogs and beer. Well, he’s still making friends with those guys: Yesteraday he had 20 pizzas delivered to their section 149.  This…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend?

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…

  13. Royals demote projected second baseman Johnny Giavotella

    Mar 25, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Johnny Giavotella

    24-year-old Johnny Giavotella was expected to be the Royals’ second baseman and No. 2 hitter this season. After 44 at-bats this spring in which he hit .250/.267/.318, he’s on his way back to Triple-A. The Royals demoted the New Orleans product on Sunday, opting instead to go with Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt as their…

  14. Alex Gordon pulls a fast one on Jeff Francoeur

    Feb 21, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur, Alex Gordon

    Jeff Francoeur is the Royals’ second-highest paid player after landing a two-year, $13.5 million extension last summer, but when he showed up at camp, he found his locker and gear situated in with the minor leaguers. As it turned out, Alex Gordon was to blame. Gordon, who had already made his way to Royals camp…

  15. Former Mets equipment manager Charlie Samuels pleads guilty, gets probation

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    Remember Charlie Samuels, the Mets longtime clubhouse manager/travelling secretary? The guy who was alleged to be running a gambling ring, stealing Mets’ memorabilia, skimming hotel money and living way, way beyond his means? And who got arrested for it all last spring? Yeah, well he pleaded guilty today and was sentenced: five years probation and an order…

  16. Jeff Francoeur is the finest man in all of baseball

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    No, I’m not being sarcastic. I have seen the freakin’ light. Read on. Everyone knows that I have a long history of allowing Jeff Francoeur — or, rather, the idea of Jeff Francoeur — drive me crazy.  I never liked his game. I mocked the claims of his surrogates in the media that he was…

  17. Our continuing coverage of the Francoeur-Broxton hunting trip

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    broxton getty

    Yesterday we learned that part of the sales pitch to get Jonathan Broxton to come to Kansas City was a hunting trip involving Broxton, Jeff Francoeur and Ned Yost. Today, because I’m obsessed with this kind of thing and I’m too old to be cured of such maladies by now, I read the in-depth report…

  18. Three Royals go hunting: a play in one act

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    This morning, in connection with the news that Jonathan Broxton signed with the Kansas City Royals, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick noted that “Fellow GA native Jeff Francoeur helped recruit Broxton for Royals. Broxton recently went hunting w/Francoeur & manager Ned Yost.” That created quite a picture in my head. I chuckled at that picture for a…

  19. Jeff Francoeur already has Kansas City media under his spell

    Dec 14, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    jeff francoeur royals presser

    It’s been less than a week since Jeff Francoeur signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Royals, but he predictably already has local media members in Kansas City writing the same type of overly glowing prose and outright fluff about him that became commonplace in Atlanta and New York. Yesterday the Royals held a…

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