Freddie Freeman, the star first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has just concluded what is undeniably one of the most remarkable regular seasons of his illustrious 14-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB). Despite having previously won the MVP title during the shortened 2020 season, Freeman has truly outdone himself this year, surpassing his own lofty standards.
Setting a career-high in average, OPS hits, and on-base percentage, Freeman’s performance has been nothing short of exceptional. However, amidst these extraordinary accomplishments, there remains one elusive feat that he narrowly missed achieving. In a season that saw him etch his name into the annals of Dodgers history by setting a new team record for doubles, Freddie Freeman came heartbreakingly close to joining the elite club of players with 60 doubles in a single season.
While the pursuit of this milestone was not at the forefront of Freeman’s mind as the regular season drew to a close, he couldn’t help but feel a tinge of disappointment at falling just short. Nevertheless, in the midst of his personal reflection, Freeman shared that his family reached out to express their unwavering pride in the historic season he had delivered.
Freeman’s record-breaking achievement took place on September 9th, when he notched his 53rd double of the season. Despite adding six more doubles to his tally over the remaining three weeks of the season, the coveted 60th double remained tantalizingly out of reach, narrowly eluding him in his last few games.
“I saw a text from my wife and my dad (after the game), and I think my dad said, ‘If you would’ve told me those numbers at the beginning of the year, sign me up,’” Freeman said. “I think the best thing is I’ve never done 200 hits, 90 extra-base hits. Those are pretty cool.
“I’m going to look forward to Saturday. But maybe January when we’re talking at FanFest, we can talk about the season.”
Looking ahead, Freddie Freeman is eager to carry the momentum of his career-defining regular season into the postseason. Last year’s playoffs showcased Freeman as one of the Dodgers’ standout hitters, where he boasted a remarkable batting average of .357 during the team’s four-game National League Division Series (NLDS) loss to the San Diego Padres.
As the Dodgers set their sights on postseason glory once again, they’ll be counting on Freeman to be a driving force in their quest for success. His performance during this crucial period will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in determining how far the team advances in the playoffs.
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