Jeff Francoeur was in Cooperstown this past weekend with a front row seat to see his buddy and former teammate Chipper Jones go into the Hall of Fame. For years as a player, Francoeur had a different up-close vantage point.
Not that I could find a lot of wiggle room to excuse a player for not running out a ground ball in, let's say, the final at-bat of a blowout, but in a one run game with the bases loaded down to your team's last out? Inexcusable. An absolutely benchable offense.
Swisher immediately endeared himself to Yankees fans when he joined the team in 2009, serving as a key member of that World Series championship team and nine years later, the 12-year big leaguer made a splash in Albany at the Center for Disability Services.