Phillies 2015 TBOH Award Winners
By Matt Veasey
Oct 4, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA;
Francoeur (3) prepares to throw his jersey into crowd after final game of the season.
(Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
On November 13th, 2014 the Phillies unexpectedly signed then 30-year old outfielder Jeff Francoeur as a free agent. Expectations were low, with the hope that he could perhaps come to spring training, be a “solid citizen” positive influence, and maybe become a valuable AAA outfielder that could help the club at some point in the season.
Francoeur won a split-decision ballot as our TBOH Phillies Surprise Performer of the Year, edging out Herrera and pitcher Jerad Eickhoff in the balloting by receiving 1st place votes from half of our six staffers.
Anyone who watched “Frenchy” all year knows just how much of a positive influence he was, supplying a handful of the most memorable and exciting moments of the season, from walk-off homers to tremendous throws from the outfield.
None of those was more memorable than his laser beam to nail a Pittsburgh Pirates runner at the plate, clinching Papelbon’s franchise record Save.
At the plate, Francoeur received 343 plate appearances, his most in the big leagues since the 2012 season. Despite the fact that he was usually a part-timer, he still finished 3rd on the team with 13 homers, and 4th with 45 RBI. His 5 outfield Assists were tied with Herrera, who played in approximately 400 more innings, for the team lead.