Jeff Francoeur began is professional baseball career with the Braves organization back in 2005. The Atlanta native had a great rookie year but did not become the star many had thought he would be. Traded to the New York in 2009 and then shipped around to five different teams before landing in Atlanta for a second chance with the organization that drafted him.
The Parkview High School graduate has told reporters that his goal is simple, make the big club as an extra outfielder or be a stay-at-home father, or possibly move into coaching the game he loves.
When I heard on the channel 2 sports report that Francoeur had just inked a minor league contract with Atlanta which included an invite to spring training, it just felt good. A seasoned professional, an organization and fan base that have seen better seasons were together again, six years after their painful breakup.
“The first meeting seems like a lifetime ago, even if it’s a mere eleven years. I was a kid just learning to fully appreciate baseball, and the Braves were desperately trying to cling to a quickly closing Golden Age.” Franceour, explained during an interview with the media.
Thought of by many, as one of the nicest player, in baseball both on and off the field. On the field, the always smiling Franceour will play hard and run down ever ball hit is way, He gives that extra effort that makes him a very enjoyable player for fans to watch, Off the field, he’s signing autographs for kids and fans of the game while doing his part to give back to others like attending charitable events.
Despite only having a minor league contract as the season starts. I see the born-again Christian claiming the minor league ladder at pretty fast pace this season. After all, he has climb that ladder before with success, he can certainly do it again. Without question the 32-year-old will be a fan favorite no matter what level of the Braves organization he plays at.
Francoeur has the tools and skills to play at the major league level. However, I do not see the baseball veteran as an everyday player. He needs to work on his hitting. He’s more of someone who hits for average than power or a consistent home-run hitter. But if he continues to work on his stroke at the dish, he could develop into an everyday player. For now I see him as a part-time lineup player for the Atlanta Braves. And an Atlanta Braves fan Favorite of mine.