Freddie Freeman is a different breed for sure.
For most professional athletes they are all about two things – making millions and winning championships. Freeman has done a lot of the former, but not so much of the latter.
As a matter of fact, Freeman, the Braves first baseman, has played on just two Atlanta teams that have appeared in the National League playoffs. That was back in 2012 and 2013.
Freeman played against the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the October home stretch in those two baseball seasons, Freeman batted .400 with eight hits in 20 atbats. He had two doubles, six singles and two quick exits from the playoffs.
The Atlanta slugger and team leader has not played in the postseason since then. This will be the fourth consecutive year that Freeman and the Braves have missed the playoffs. In case you haven’t noticed – the Braves are rebuilding again.
There is no telling when Atlanta will return to the postseason. And the only reason that Freeman has not requested a trade is because he truly loves playing for the Braves. Freeman, all 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds of him, wants to return to the playoffs with a Braves uniform on.
He is sticking with the team that drafted him in the second round in 2007. Freeman has become a part of the fabric of the city of Atlanta and the Braves organization. Freeman is a big man around town. He is more popular than the mayor.
Freeman is a team guy. He is a Brave at heart. Freeman wants to start and end his baseball career in Atlanta, just like the soon to be Hall of Famer Chipper Jones did. As for No. 5, Freeman, he is still very much in his prime out on the baseball field.
He is making $20.8 million a year with the Braves, and Freeman is a bargain. He is leading the Braves this year in batting average (.317), home runs (28) and RBI’s (70) despite missing extensive time with a broken wrist. Freeman is back now and is coming through for Atlanta with 79 runs, 127 hits and 32 doubles.
He is churning out extra base hits like crazy. Freeman is a winner on a Braves sub-.500 team. Freeman wants to recapture some glory, too. He is prepared to do whatever he can to turn around the Braves fortunes.
Freeman, at 28 years old, has never been a better baseball player than he is right now. He is an iron man, and he wants to play. Taking days off is not necessarily Freeman’s thing. He played in all 162 games in 2014. Freeman played 157 games in the 2011 season, and he suited up for 158 gamesinthe2016campaign.
The Braves ultimate leader is invested, and he’s ready. He has always delivered like the milk man his entire big league career. Freeman has a career batting average of .291 with 1,070 hits, 164 home runs and 583 RBI’s.
Freeman was born ready to hit and win. Now if he just had a little bit of help from his Braves teammates. Atlanta can’t lose forever. That is what Freddie Freeman is thinking.