The 2022 MLB Players choice awards were announced on Friday Night. Our very own Freddie Freeman was nominated for National League Outstanding Player of the Year. Sadly, he came up short, coming in second place, while Cardinals third baseman Paul Goldschmidt took home that honor.
Among Goldschmidt and Freeman was Atlanta Braves’ third baseman Austin Riley who came in third place for the award.
Freeman had an All-Star year, earning his sixth selection into the mid-summer classic while slashing .325/.407/.511 with a .918 OPS in his first year in Dodger blue. The 33-year-old had the second-highest batting average in 2022, tied for 12th in RBIs at 100, and had the sixth-highest OPS in the league.
That wasn’t enough for the players; their vote went to Goldschmidt. The Cardinals’ first baseman slashed .317/.404/.578 with a .982 OPS with 35 home runs and 115 RBIs. He was selected to his first all-star since 2018 and his seventh overall.
This was a toss-up and anyone could’ve won this award; however, Freeman was robbed.
Houston Astros righty Justin Verlander won American League Outstanding Pitcher over White Sox Dylan Cease and Toronto Blue Jays Alex Manoah.
Judge took home the biggest honor, winning Player of the Year after a career year batting .311 with a 1.111 OPS, a new AL record in 62 home runs, and 131 RBIs. Other nominees were Paul Goldschmidt and Shohei Ohtani.
Freeman had an incredible first year in LA. We’re looking forward to another spectacular year and hopefully finishing the ultimate goal in 2023.