Braves send Frenchy packing

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I’m not one to say I told you so, but, well, I told you so.

Jeff Francoeur spent the off season cruising the beaches of Mexico after getting married, reporting to Spring Training looking pudgy, soft and a far cry from the muscular beefcake Braves beat writers said he was.

His season so far has stunk. On Thursday, the Atlanta Braves made a shocking move – they sent Frenchy back to the minor leagues for a tune-up. The reaction was swift:

“This has really put a damper on my relationship with the Atlanta Braves,” Francoeur told the AJC.

“I love playing for the city, I love playing for the fans and always have,” said Francoeur, a graduate of Parkview High School in Lilburn. “But I’m disappointed with the decision and how the whole process went down.”

Francoeur said he thought he might have been warned ahead of time the Braves were considering such a move. He said Thursday’s conversation – “which lasted maybe five minutes” – came as a surprise to him after playing nearly every day for three seasons.

“I do not agree with this, but I have to do what I have to do,” Francoeur said.

It’s shocking to me that the Braves would demote a fulltime big league player, but particularly more surprising given that it’s Frenchy, the guy in training to become the face of the franchise. It came just days shy of the third anniversary of being called up to the Bigs.

Frenchy’s harsh public reaction adds another layer of intrigue for a team that often understates the obvious, explains away seemingly minor injuries that later turn into major setbacks and – until today – keeps discontent locked firmly behind the closed doors of the Ted.

But beyond all of that, what’s Brian McCann going to do?

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