2005: 70G 257AB .300/.336/.549 14HR 45RBI
2006: 162G 651AB .260/.293/.449 29HR 103RBI
2007: 162G 642AB .293/.338/.444 19HR 105RBI
2008: 155G 599AB .239/.294/.359 11HR 71 RBI
Above we have Jeff Francouer's stat lines from his rookie campaign through last
season's dismal performance. I understand the many of you likely have all of
this memorized, but bear with me.
Although I only started visiting this board last year, I would bet a quarter that many
of you were pretty high on FYF back in 06 and 07. And it seems that the same
people who now want to cut his heart out with a lawnmower have conveniently
forgotten how good he was in the past. Now... one season does not a career make.
Nor does past success indicate future success (See: Andruw Jones, Kevin Millwood).
For whatever reason, Francouer's brain was all crosswired last season. Hopefully he
can get it worked out... whether all by himself or with help from TP. What I'm asking
for from ya'll is a little perspective. I'm willing to let go of last season's abortion and
treat 2009 as what it is: a blank slate. FYF will then write whatever he writes onto it.
On a related note: I've noticed a decidedly negative trend of opinion around here
regarding Terry Pendleton as a hitting coach. Personally I'm reserving judgment
until after this season, and FYF's performance will be a major component of my
opinion in that regard. He was opviously a prolific bat in his career... but is he a
good teacher? Discuss.
This FanPost does not express the views or opinions of Talking Chop.