With the MLB season entering its final weeks, the anticipation for season awards is at an all-time high. The race for the prestigious National League MVP award is captivating fans and pundits alike. Currently, it appears to be a four-man showdown, with two teams in the spotlight.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ stars, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, stand as prime candidates, while the Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. and Matt Olson are equally strong contenders. The intriguing part is not just the competition but also that these players hail from two of the most formidable teams in the league.
While Betts and Acuna undoubtedly grab the headlines, Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts is making a case for Freddie Freeman to receive more recognition in the MVP conversation. What sets Freeman apart is his unwavering consistency throughout the season, a pivotal factor in his outstanding year. Game after game, he has delivered for the Los Angeles team, fulfilling their every expectation.
Freeman’s 2023 stats speak volumes: a batting average of .339, 26 home runs, and 93 runs batted in. However, if you were to inquire about his remarkable season, you’d find Freeman solely focused on a bigger goal – winning the World Series. He’s on track to achieve a milestone, aiming to be only the third player in MLB history to notch 200 hits, 25 home runs, 55 doubles, and 120 runs scored in a single season.
“There’s no self-promotion to (Freeman’s) game. He just loves to compete and wins,” said Roberts. “When you’re talking about most valuable players, for me, he is right there at the top of the conversation.”
Despite his impressive performance, Freddie Freeman’s MVP campaign has remained relatively low-key. Yet, that’s precisely the way he prefers it. He leads by example, not with flashy antics, but by letting his bat do the talking.
“I’m not going to talk about any specific numbers,” he said. “We can do that after the season. But I’ve been having a pretty good year, and we’ve got three more weeks to go.”
The Dodgers have reaped significant benefits since signing Freeman, and their ultimate aspiration is clinching the World Series title. In the critical stretch of the season, LA counts on their All-Star to play a pivotal role in accomplishing this mission.