Chart Party: My favorite worst baseball player

  • Published: 07 September 2016
  • Jeff Francoeur's start was historically great, and the rest of his career has been historically not. but through it all, he remains. he is my favorite baseball player.

    for more on the dramatic bathroom incident, here is "Frenchy Number Two" by Cody Decker:

    thanks as usual to Baseball-Reference and their Play Index. heat map data was found on FanGraphs.
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Comments • 853

  • Tom Hill
    Tom Hill  14 hours back

    Did I miss you explaining what a walk is? Hold on, let me go back and look....
    um, no, I didn't see any explanation. You're usually better about this sort of thing Jon, was this a prototype video you just never released?

    • S Green
      S Green  1 days back

      Your quest for numbers and charting it so that an average non analytical mind like myself understands, is mind blowingly satisfying. How do you not have 20 million subscribers yet?!!?

      • Sonoma Valley Tech
        Sonoma Valley Tech  1 weeks back

        Kenny Lofton for the Hall of Fame! I agree

        • nick loss
          nick loss  2 weeks back

          wish he would have included clips of some of these at-bats. just narrating a Prezi presentation is a little dizzying .. but great analysis tho. Voice sounds familiar...kinda like a neutered Joe Rogan

          • stun2187
            stun2187  3 weeks back


            He was juicing

            • Adam Navigato
              Adam Navigato  4 weeks back

              I’ve seen a lot of videos from you and SB nation about some of the worst or most petty people in professional sports, and I found myself thinking “You know, I wonder who the nicest guy is in sports.” This video helps answer that question, and I hope to hear more stories about just good people in professional sports.

              • Holden Fegan
                Holden Fegan  4 weeks back

                6:40 "there were only 5 shortstops last year who could do what he did"
                Me: "I bet my man Francisco Lindor is on there...wait what?" checks the date posted, realizes Jon Bois has been doin this for a while.

                • Several eggs
                  Several eggs  1 months back

                  I like how he literally retired the year of this video

                  • GoodtimeGambler
                    GoodtimeGambler  1 months back

                    I had 0 interest in baseball, a friend sent me this cause he thought I would laugh.
                    I now have a favorite baseball player.

                    • will grubb
                      will grubb  1 months back

                      Honestly I'm happy for the guy he's now a baseball analyst and commentator who's career has taken off

                      • Wompa Stompa
                        Wompa Stompa  1 months back

                        >He's 5'7"
                        >It's not even all that short.

                        • jnxxorz !
                          jnxxorz !  1 months back

                          Frenchy had a cannon in the outfield

                          • chris po
                            chris po  1 months back

                            Humphrey's glove, gigantic clam shell!

                            • Rufus Crane
                              Rufus Crane  1 months back

                              Music selection in this video is absolutely beautiful. The laughter summoned by the spot on music queing is outstanding and is worthy of entry into the gates of comedic heaven. Nicely done men

                              • Look at my suit
                                Look at my suit  1 months back

                                Baseball's so weird lol

                                • ThatFaceMelter94
                                  ThatFaceMelter94  1 months back

                                  Why do people forget about that walk-off grand slam he had???? I can't find it anywhere.

                                  • Ryan Smith
                                    Ryan Smith  1 months back

                                    I hated him while he was with the Braves, loved him when he came to the Mets, and was heartbroken when he left Kansas City where I also had the pleasure of seeing him play. There are players whose greatness cannot be assessed through simple statistics, and Jeff is one.

                                    • MattyIceyyy
                                      MattyIceyyy  1 months back

                                      hall of fame nice guy

                                      • Irving Brownstone
                                        Irving Brownstone  2 months back

                                        I'm sure Jon will use a combination of tedious and asinine "Cybermetric" statistics to show that Jeff Francoeur was the "worst player ever," but even if you never watched him play and just took a quick glance at his career stats (.261 lifetime batting average, 1373 hits, 160 homers, 281 doubles, etc.), you'd know that he was no where near "the worst base ball player." Not even close. He's not even close to being a bad baseball player. And that's not considering the fact that he won a Gold Glove, as he was a good outfielder with TREMENDOUS arm.

                                        Anyhow, needless to say, I loved Frenchy, (Jeff Francoeur), during his 2.5 seasons with the Royals, and he will always be one of my favorite players, not just because he had one great year with the Royals at a time when the Royals were awful, but as others know who had the pleasure of seeing him play or having him on their favorite team, he was a genuinely awesome guy.

                                        As for on the field, His first season for us (2011) he batted .285 with 171 hits, 20 home runs, 87 RBI, 47 doubles, 4 triples, and had 20 stolen bases. Those are great numbers no matter who you are. And that doesn't even include the fact that he was a great fielder and had one of the strongest, most accurate throwing arms of any outfielder I've ever seen.

                                        And his second season with us (2012) wasn't awful, and once again, ESPECIALLY for a Royal during that time. However, his production definitely went down, but he still had 16 home runs which, for a Royal during a time when the team leader in home runs would be between 20-25, 16 wasn't too bad.

                                        Aside from having decent stats, as I stated before, he was a great person and a fan favorite no matter where he played, and when he played for us, his territory was right field, quite literally, as right field during his tenure became known as "Frenchy's Corner" and/or "Frenchy's Quarter," and on certain nights throughout the season, if you bought tickets in that section, you'd get a Frenchy's Corner/Quarter t-shirt.

                                        And finally, I'm sure Jon will find a way by using some combination "Cybermetric" stats I hate, like WAR, to somehow make him the "worst baseball player," but the fact that he had a career batting average of .261, had 1373 hits, 281 doubles, 160 and 160 home runs during his career, and was a GREAT outfielder with a tremendous arm is pretty good evidence that he's no where near the "worst baseball player." I mean, he was average at the worst, and decent at the best, but that's no where near being "the worst" or even a bad player.

                                        I love Jon's videos, but Frenchy is one of my favorites, too, and as a lifelong Royals fan, I know what bad, awful, and terrible baseball players look like, and I promise you, Frenchy is no where near the worst, and in fact, the word "worst" doesn't belong anywhere near "Frenchy" or Jeff Francoeur.

                                        • Mr. Target
                                          Mr. Target  2 months back

                                          I’m a Royals fan, and let me tell you we really loved Frenchy in Kansas City.

                                          • james davis
                                            james davis  2 months back


                                            • Darb
                                              Darb  2 months back

                                              I grew up with Jeff and it was sad to see his career go the way it did, but he truly is the nicest guy you'll ever meet.

                                              • An3
                                                An3  2 months back

                                                The Legendary Pinch Runner Eric Bruntlett!
                                                He was the Worst Best player on those All Star Phillies teams back in 08-09! I wonder who he was in for that Day, or why he was playing, the chances of Him being there?

                                                Baseball is Wierd!

                                                Baseball is Wierd!

                                                • Lucas Liso
                                                  Lucas Liso  2 months back

                                                  My favorite baseball player is Martin Dihigo.

                                                  • weakestlink20
                                                    weakestlink20  2 months back

                                                    Francoeur was pretty solid in MLB Power Pros (both games) and was with the Braves in 2016, so I was kinda shocked to see that Francoeur had such a crummy career.

                                                    He had some pop early in his career outside of his rookie season. Between 2006 and 2007, he had 48 home runs, accumulated 208 RBIs, and slugged around .445 those years as well. If you were a Braves fan around that time, you may have had good reason to be excited about his career.

                                                    He also pulled a 20/20 season out of his ass with the Royals too. First and only time he ever stole more than 8 bases in a season and he parlayed it into a 20/20 season.

                                                    Outside of those three years, though? Not much.

                                                    • Irving Brownstone
                                                      Irving Brownstone  2 months back

                                                      He was still, at worst, an average to decent ballplayer, and a good right fielder with an outstanding throwing arm. He had two seasons with 19 outfield assists. That is amazing in and of itself.

                                                      Needless to say, he's nowhere near the "worst baseball player," and if you saw him play, you'd know it, and hell, if you simply look at his stats, they prove it.

                                                  • Joe Dallas
                                                    Joe Dallas  3 months back

                                                    Im upset that you skipped over Bucky Mcbadbat

                                                    • JJ
                                                      JJ  3 months back

                                                      cant really hear the narrator if i adjust the sound by music..

                                                      • Jason Ferro
                                                        Jason Ferro  3 months back

                                                        Baseball. Is. Weird.

                                                        • Jim F
                                                          Jim F  3 months back

                                                          What?! I can't hear you!

                                                          • Evan
                                                            Evan  3 months back

                                                            I liked Frenchy when he played for the Mets.

                                                            • John Boschek
                                                              John Boschek  3 months back

                                                              aristides aqunio is gonna break the chart at 1:00

                                                              • Jahmal Lidge
                                                                Jahmal Lidge  3 months back

                                                                Aristedes Aquino might be the 2nd coming of this.

                                                                • OrentholJames
                                                                  OrentholJames  3 months back

                                                                  Wow. Forgot that name, Kenny Lofton. Also, not in the HOF? Wow......

                                                                  • Insert name HERE
                                                                    Insert name HERE  3 months back

                                                                    Bo Bichette has a long way to go, but he's on track.

                                                                    • Professor Dick-Butt
                                                                      Professor Dick-Butt  4 months back

                                                                      You just made another fan of Jeff Francoeur

                                                                      • eric veneto
                                                                        eric veneto  4 months back

                                                                        He debuted on Michelle Kwan's (my celebrity crush) 25th birthday.

                                                                        • Justin Pruett
                                                                          Justin Pruett  4 months back

                                                                          That Francoeur A’s fans story is just about the best thing ever.

                                                                          • shrimp fried heist
                                                                            shrimp fried heist  4 months back

                                                                            July 8th, 1994 I attended a Mariners v. Red Sox game where John Valentin turned an unassisted triple play. Men on 1st & 2nd, line drive to short on a hit run. Valentin makes the catch, steps on 2nd then tags the runner from 1st. Valentin then just tossed the ball toward the mound while still running toward the dugout. Most in attendance had no idea that they had witnessed the rarest feat in all of baseball until they posted the fact on the Jumnbotron. At the time it was only the 10th unassisted triple play in MLB history.

                                                                            • frankpinmtl
                                                                              frankpinmtl  4 months back

                                                                              Terry Humphrey (Montreal Expos), Tim Foli (Montreal Expos), Jeff Francoeur (French last name)...there is your answer, Sir. No need to tape paper to the glass window OR to calculate 3.5 days a week, this is clear as 'jour'. Bienvenu...(HEY! You know what your last name means, right? You do well with the girls???)

                                                                              • Morgan Tran
                                                                                Morgan Tran  4 months back

                                                                                RF Bleachers Section 149 Represent. It wasn't just snacks that they gave to him, it was bacon snacks. If you want to know more about it, just search up "Bacon Tuesdays." It's all documented on this youtube channel

                                                                                • DJ Tommy C.
                                                                                  DJ Tommy C.  4 months back

                                                                                  A fun video could be made about Tigers 1B Chris Shelton in 2006. 9hrs In the first 13 games... in AAA on July 31st

                                                                                  • josepharte
                                                                                    josepharte  4 months back

                                                                                    My favourite part about this video is when TallHandsomeBro Jon goes on a tangent to defend us not-so-short bros.

                                                                                    I bet he'd also tell everyone to stop hating on actually-short bros too. That's how good of a guy he is.

                                                                                    • Corky DeLarge
                                                                                      Corky DeLarge  4 months back

                                                                                      Im pretty sure it was Bobby Cox who came up with the name "Frenchy". He came up to biggs with his minor league roommate Brian McCann, who had a great career as a catcher. While Brian steadily improved, Jeff steadily became Frenchy.

                                                                                      • jamesonsix19
                                                                                        jamesonsix19  5 months back

                                                                                        When talking about if he did anyting really well, anything that made him stand out, you forgot one thing...the cannon he had connected where his right arm should have been. He may have been mediocre at best at pretty much everything else but the dude had one of the best throwing arms in history.

                                                                                        • ANT
                                                                                          ANT  5 months back

                                                                                          Frenchie was a huge asset to the Rangers in late 2010 and a fan favorite.

                                                                                          • Dont4get2save
                                                                                            Dont4get2save  5 months back

                                                                                            Very cool story! It's really fun to look back at rookies and see where they've went since! A side tangent, it's a damn CRIME that Kenny Lofton isn't in the HOF.

                                                                                            • iamrichrocker
                                                                                              iamrichrocker  5 months back

                                                                                              Billy Beane must love this were analytical before analytics....

                                                                                              • Nick Parker
                                                                                                Nick Parker  5 months back

                                                                                                Frenchy is now a nightly color commentator for Braves TV Broadcasts!