Marlins add veteran bat, notorious prank target in Jeff Francoeur
The Marlins announced Thursday that they had acquired 12-year major league veteran Jeff Francoeur from the Atlanta Braves in a three-team trade that also involved the Texas Rangers.
Francoeur, 32, has played for seven teams over the course of his career, amassing a .261/.303/.417 slash line in 5,210 career at-bats. The journeyman hit .249/.290/.381 with seven homers and 33 RBIs in 99 games this season with Atlanta.
In 2014, Francoeur played for the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. When he arrived, the team decided to play a long and elaborate prank on the MLB veteran, convincing him that teammate and pitcher Jorge Reyes was deaf.
The team released a seven-minute-long video that included comments from fellow El Paso players and coaches that detailed the prank and the ways in which Francoeur fell for it. At the end of the video, Francoeur is filmed sitting in the clubhouse, surrounded by his teammates, watching the video himself for the first time.
It seems that a prime prank target was just added to the Marlins clubhouse.