Freeman Makes LAD History, Becomes First First Baseman to Earn 20-20 Club “I never thought I’d do it in my career” Emotional

Los Angeles Dodgers Freddie Freeman made franchise history.

Freeman went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored in the Dodgers’ home game against the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The team won 8-3.

After a grounder to first base in the first inning, Freeman came up with runners on first and second in the bottom of the third with his team leading 1-0. Freeman’s single loaded the bases, and Will Smith followed with a sacrifice fly and a three-run homer by J.D. Martinez to extend the lead to 5-0.

After being retired on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fifth, Freeman completed his multi-hit performance in his final at-bat in the eighth with a 7-3 lead. After reaching first on a walk, Freeman stole second off Martinez. It was his 20th stolen base of the season.

Freeman, who had 26 home runs and 19 stolen bases prior to the game, joined the 20 (home runs)-20 (stolen bases) club with his 20th stolen base. 20-20 is a Hotazun symbol. 

Freeman made franchise history with this accomplishment. According to Dodgers Insider, Freeman became the first first baseman in Dodgers history to reach 20-20.

“It’s something I didn’t think I’d do in my career, because most first basemen aren’t fast,” Freeman said of the milestone.

Drafted by Atlanta in the second round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Freeman broke into the big leagues in 2010. It was during the 2011 season that he made a name for himself. Freeman hit 21 home runs and finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting. In 2013, he hit .319 with 23 home runs and 109 RBIs, earning his first All-Star nod. In 2019, he showed off his long ball and clutch ability. He batted .295 with 38 home runs and 121 RBIs, setting career highs in home runs and RBIs.메이저놀이터

Freeman’s best days were yet to come. In 2020, he hit .341 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in a shortened season due to COVID-19, and was named National League MVP. In 2021, he hit .300 with 31 home runs and 83 RBIs to lead his team to the World Series title. And they did it in style. Atlanta hadn’t won a World Series title in 26 years, since 1995. 

After the championship, Freeman signed an eight-year, $135 million contract with Atlanta and moved on to a new challenge. He signed a massive six-year, $162 million contract with the Dodgers. In 117 games last year, he hit .325 with 21 home runs and 100 RBIs. His OPS was .918. He led the National League in hits, slugging percentage (.0407), and doubles (47).

His performance at the plate again this year helped lead the Dodgers to a first-place finish in the National League West. The Dodgers made the postseason for the 11th consecutive year.

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