15 passes as a junior at Parkview High School.
Jeff was one of
only three juniors to be named to Baseball America’s
2001 high school All-America team. B.J. Upton and Scott Kazmir were
the other two.
Jeff was signed
by Atlanta scout Al Goetz.
Jeff hit a walk-off
grand slam on May 14, 2006.
In 2006, Jeff became the third-youngest Brave to knock in 100 runs. The two players ahead of him were Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews.
Jeff struck out five times in a 2007 game. The only other Braves to do that were Ozzie Virgil, Dave Justice and Andruw Jones.
Jeff led the Braves with 53 multi-hit games in 2007.
Jeff tied with Aaron Rowand in the 2007 Gold Glove voting, so for the first time, four NL outfielders won the award.
In 2008, Jeff hammered two home runs and had a career-high seven RBIs in a game against the Washington Nationals.
From his debut in 2005 thru the 2007 season, Jeff’s 45 outfield assists were the highest total in the majors.
Jeff led the Mets with 10 homers and a .498 slugging average in the second half of 2009.
In 2009, Jeff became the second player in history to hit into a game-ending unassisted triple play. The first was Homer Summa of the Philadelphia A’s in 1927.
In 2010, Jeff won a game for the Rangers when he was plunked by Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning with the bases loaded. It was the the franchise’s first-ever "walk-off hit by pitch.”
During spring training in 2008, Jeff joined Tom Glavine and John Smoltz for a round of golf with Tiger Woods. Tiger shot a 66. Jeff, who tried to out-drive Woods all day long, refused to reveal his score. “We won’t go there,” he told reporters the next day.
Jeff married Catie McCoy after the 2007 season.
Jeff is a fan of
country singer George Strait.
Jeff collects baseball
Jeff is a karaoke
demon, although he admits he can’t carry a tune. His rendition
of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" has cleared many a karaoke bar.
If Jeff hadn’t
made it as a baseball player, he would have tried coaching high school
Jeff still follows
Clemson football closely, watching every game, but he says he doesn’t
look back on his decision to play baseball.
Jeff says Colin
Farrell should play him if they ever make The Jeff Francoeur Story.
He adds that Tara Reid would be a good choice as his love interest.