Atlanta Braves: Jeff Francoeur to Use Eye Wear

Matthew GilmartinSenior Analyst IJune 25, 2008

Atlanta Braves right-fielder Jeff Francoeur has started wearing a contact lens in his right eye. 

His dad initially recommended he start wearing eye wear during night games when he noticed a significant difference in Jeff's hitting in day and night games, but Jeff was reluctant to agree at first. 

But he finally consented, and he went to see Dr. Alan Kozarsky.  After examining Jeff, Dr. Kozarsky determined it would probably only help Jeff to wear a contact lens during night games.  It's easy to see why.

Francoeur has hit .210 in night games, compared to .321 in day games.

But the fact that Jeff's vision isn't the best isn't his fault. 

At Class A Myrtle Beach in 2004 he fouled a bunt attempt and the ball ricocheted right up directly under his right eye.  Kozarsky said that after an incident like that vision in the right eye could continually weaken.  

If that's the case, Francoeur's production could spike with consistent use of the new corrective lens.