Jeff Francoeur Happy to be Back With Atlanta Braves

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Jim Cain / WEBN-TV

By Jim Cain 3/8/2016
Jeff Francoeur has made his way around baseball.

In 2002, he was the Atlanta Braves’ first-round draft pick, and he spent four-and-a-half seasons with his hometown team.

At the 2009 trade deadline, the Braves shipped Francoeur to the New York Mets, and ever since he’s been baseball’s version of a nomad.

After the Mets, he spent time with the Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies.

This offseason, he got a call from Braves President of Baseball Operations John Hart with an offer to return to the Braves, and Francoeur was thrilled.

“It’s nice to be able to be here,” Francoeur told WEBN. “It felt time [to come back].”

Francoeur was 21-years-old when made his debut with the Braves. Now 32, Francoeur is one of the oldest players on the team.

“It’s different, but it’s fun,” Francoeur told WEBN. “Everyone’s giving me a hard time about having to go home to the kids, but I’m having fun. It’s just nice and real comfortable.”

Francoeur also reunited with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, who was his hitting coach with the Royals in 2011 and 2012.

“We have a great rapport,” Francoeur told WEBN. “I get what he’s talking about. I get the things he’s trying to instill into us. It’s real easy because I know exactly what he wants.”

Francoeur will make his return to Turner Field on April 4.