Every spring, we are told that this year will be different for genial right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Bob Dutton, Kansas City Star, March 28, 2011: “[Royals hitting coach Kevin] Seitzer says Francoeur is poised for a productive year”
Dutton, April 15: “Francoeur curbing free-swinging tendencies”
Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports, April 25: “Frenchy Renaissance” (“Sabermetricians, get ready for your heads to explode.”)
Stan McNeal, Sporting News, May 27: “Fit Francoeur finally returns to form with Royals”
Francoeur got off to a deceivingly hot start in April.
However, here is Frenchy’s AVG/OBP/SLG line for May: .233/.287/.388
And here is his line over the past four weeks: 216/.262/.320
Morale of the story: A bright smile and a couple of “Aw, shucks!” still go a long way with the beat writers.