Archive for the ‘Jeff Francoeur’ Category

Kansas City Royals Photo Day

Jeff Francoeur will never be separated from baseball’s statistical revolution, if only because of an ill-fated decision in 2009, when he opened his mouth and promptly inserted his foot. I refer, of course, to this immortal quote:

“If on-base percentage is so important, why don’t they put it on the scoreboard?”

It was a very silly thing to say. Even ignoring the fact that getting on base is half of the batter’s job, some ballparks were already putting on-base percentage on scoreboards by the end of the 2000s. Francoeur tried to be a smartass about something he didn’t know about, and he looked like a fool as a result.

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Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

It has been a long time coming. The winter was long and difficult. The anticipation was exhausting. The off-season debates were wearing thin. But finally, this week, relief: Fogging the Measure, North America’s most pretentious and 9,835th most-beloved semi-sabermetric blog feature is back!


The season has already started, so it seems a bit too late to give my INFALLIBLE PREDICTIONS for the 2013 baseball season, but here we are. No phony humility for me. Yeah, there will be more detailed stuff to follow, but I gotta get this stuff out there so at the end of the season I can point out how right I was about everything. Because when a saber-friendly blogger projects something to happen, he or she means it is definitely going to happen. Ergo, if that thing doesn’t happen, sabermetrics is disproven, right?

So here they are, a few INFALLIBLE PREDICTIONS about the 2013 baseball season, both on the field, off the field, and in cyberspace.

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According to FanGraphs, no player in baseball has been further below replacement level this season than Jeff Francoeur of the Kansas City Royals. However, the undeterred right fielder has offered considerbale value in other ways, most notably to baseball bloggers with deep rooted interests in the concession stands at baseball stadiums.

In addition to buying pizza for several A’s fans in Oakland earlier this year, Frenchy decided to grab a handful of popcorn from a White Sox fan after chasing a foul ball into the stands last night at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. While the outfielder didn’t compensate the fan with money or more popcorn this time, he did give him a story to tell his friends over and, quite annoyingly, over again.