Despite Francoeur's shortcomings as a player, the Braves were adamant his loss will be felt. As Braves interim manager Brian Snitker told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Franceour will be missed in Atlanta: “He’s great in this clubhouse… he’s big here. Just his presence in the clubhouse, on the field, in the dugout, you can’t describe what he means to a baseball team.”
We hate to be unkind, as the popular and respected Francoeur has a reputation as one of the good guys in the game – but what does "he mean to a baseball team?" And what will he mean to the Marlins, who are desperate to fill the offensive vacuum left by the absence of Giancarlo Stanton? Can a steadying veteran presence – even one with a generous and positive nature – truly make a difference down the stretch? Players and coaches (and the occasional GM) have long insisted "great clubhouse guys" have a positive impact on team performance – as the calendar turns to September, we're about to find out.