Is Dodgers First Baseman Freddie Freeman a Future Hall of Famer?

When the Dodgers signed Freddie Freeman to a six-year, $162 million contract in March 2022, he came with an impressive resume: Four All-Star appearances, two Silver Slugger awards, and one MVP award in 11 seasons with the Atlanta Braves.

In the last two-plus years, another question has become relevant: is Freeman on track to become a future Hall of Famer?

Freeman, 34, is under contract with the Dodgers until 2027. By then, he might be able to solidify his legacy into the Hall of Fame:

Before joining the Dodgers in 2022, Freeman won his first World Series with the Atlanta Braves in 2021. His postseason performance earned him his first Babe Ruth award for postseason MVP. Freeman joined Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Johnny Evers as the only Braves player to achieve both of these accomplishments in the same season.

Throughout his 15-year career, Freeman has also dominated on the defensive side, winning a Gold Glove award in 2018. and two Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards. Freeman boasts five selections to the All-MLB team and seven All-Star selections.

In 2020, Freeman was named the National League MVP for his superlative performance (.341/.462/.640, 187 OPS+) in the pandemic-shortened regular season. In his first two years with the Dodgers, at ages 32 and 33, Freeman finished fourth and third in MVP voting, respectively.

Over his career, Freeman has a slash line of 301/.389/.514 with 332 home runs, 1189 RBIs, and 1267 runs scored. He’s had some of his best seasons in his 30s, last year setting a career high in hits (211) and doubles (59).

On top of his athletic ability, Freeman shows exemplary character on and off the field. In 2022, he earned the Dodgers’ Roy Campanella Award, recognizing his leadership and team spirit. In 2023, he was nominated by the Dodgers for the MLB Heart and Hustle Award for his dedication and passion for baseball. Freeman has shown commitment to philanthropy through his donations to charities such as the Melanoma Research Foundation and his alma mater El Medona High School.

His dominant performance on the field and honorable character off the field make Freeman a strong contender for the Baseball Hall of Fame — a fascinating case to watch as his Dodgers career continues.

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Sam Garcia

Samantha is a third-year transfer student at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Professional Writing.

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