If it seems like we’ve been down this Jeff Francoeur road before and flogged this horse to its death, well, it’s probably because we have, or at least come close. But at a certain point, the numbers just can’t be avoided, dismissed, or explained away.
Sooner or later, and I’d think sooner than later, the Braves right fielder is going to have to produce better statistics for an extended period, or the Braves are probably going to have to go in another direction.
But that probably goes without saying, right? I mean, it’s not jumping to any rash conclusions to say the Braves will have to get more at some point this season than they’re getting now from Francoeur, or than they got from him last season, or his stay in Atlanta’s lineup won’t continue in perpetuity.
Does he get more scrutiny than others? Sure. Because the bar was raised so high by his first half-season performance in 2005, and by all of us in the media, and by fans who bought thousands of jerseys, and