Introducing the Jeff Francoeur autobiography

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My daughter brought this book home from school today.  I’m assuming that “Eric Brown” is a pen name for Jeff Francoeur.  I’m also assuming that my daughter checking out books about baseball is a desperate plea for more time with her father, who has been taken from her by this accursed sport, but I’ll leave that conversation for my therapist.

 

(hat tip to Eric Simon of Amazin’ Avenue for the Jeff Francoeur joke)

Phillies promote Chris Young to pitching coach position

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Chris Young joined the Phillies as their assistant pitching coach last offseason. This offseason he’s getting a promotion: the Phillies just named as their main (um, top? lead? alpha?) pitching coach for the 2019 season. He replaces Rick Kranitz.

Ken Rosenthal, who reported the promotion, says that the Phillies didn’t necessarily want to shake up their pitching coach situation, but that since several clubs wanted to hire Young away, it was either promote him to the top job or lose him. That’s bad news for Kranitz, but he remains under contract for 2019 and will, in the meantime, be allowed to interview elsewhere.

The Phillies pitching staff ranked 11th in runs allowed in the National League in 2018. They were tenth the year before that, but some early season uncertainty and mismanagement by Gabe Kapler and a late season collapse served to hide what was, for most of the season, a bit of a better staff than the year before. The Phillies obviously credit Young for that and want to keep him in the fold.