Freddie Freeman is a star for the Dodgers.
At 33 years old, Freeman has been one of the best players in baseball for the last 11 years. He is great because he is consistent at being great. Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers President of Baseball Operations, went on MLB Network Radio and discussed what makes Freddie so special.
“We have all been around really good players and, for the most part, they ride some highs and lows,” Friedman said. “Freddie’s ability to maintain excellence, day in and day out, is something I’ve never seen before.”(via Friedman talking to MLB radio)
Maintaining excellence is what Freddie Freeman is. Ever since 2011 Freeman’s lowest OPS has been .795 and he has never had a negative WAR in a season, other than 2010 where he was called up for 20 games.
Excluding his first two full years in the league, Freeman has never had an OPS lower than .841, his career batting average is .301 with a .902 OPS.
This is all while trying to play every single game every single year.
“And the fact that he’s so insistent on playing every day, it has an affect on our culture,” Friedman said. “His desire to play every day, him challenging his teammates to play every day.”(via Friedman talking to MLB radio)
Since entering the league, Freddie Freeman has played 162 games just twice but he has played over 145 games in nine years with 2023 going to be his 10th.
Freddie takes pride in playing every day and he prepares for playing all 162 games.
Freddie has played all 123 games for the Dodgers this year, and he has played very, very well.
Arguably having the best year of his career, Freedman is hitting .333 with a .986 OPS. This is aided by his 23 home runs, 2 triples, and a league-leading 45 doubles.
Freeman led the league in doubles last year with 47 and with 43 games left in the season, fans can expect the MVP first basemen to blow last year’s total out of the water.
The Dodgers are 75-46 and well on their way to an NL West division title once again. But when fans walk into Dodger Stadium or turn on their TV, they can be sure that they will see the same guy on first every day wearing Dodger blue.
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