The Atlanta Braves may not be playing deep into October this year, but there is a member of their team that is still making headlines. Braves’ color commentator and former right fielder, Jeff Francoeur has continued to work with TBS for the playoffs for another postseason.
Frenchy, as many fans call him, was indeed part of the broadcast team that covered the Phillies-Braves series earlier this month. In fact in a recent article done by the folks over at Awful Announcing, Francoeur and his play-by-play partner Brian Anderson ranked as the top broadcast pairing in the MLB postseason.
It’s not much of a surprise considering Anderson is regarded as one of the best play-by-play guys in the sport. There is a reason Anderson is called upon Turner Broadcast Network to do the NBA playoffs as well.
However, their top ranking had a lot to do with fine commentary work Jeff Francoeur does as well. In the article it is written that not only is Francoeur a great commentator, but it’s amazing how quickly he has become this great. Truly a testament to Francoeur’s skill considering he’s only been a regular in the booth since 2019.
By comparison the worst ranked broadcast booth was the team of Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. Not surprisingly, fans don’t care to listen to a former controversial player gush over bunting nonstop.
In these rankings as well you can find former Brave and current Fox color commentator, John Smoltz. He is paired with the awesome Joe Davis, and the ranking would be higher if fans weren’t often forced to listen to Smoltz complain about how baseball is played nowadays for three hours.
Those are just a couple of examples why fans prefer the team of Anderson and Francoeur. Credit to them for finding the right amount of excitement in Anderson’s play-by-play and baseball insight from Francoeur’s color commentary.