Freddie Freeman (34-LA Dodgers) has conquered the 200-hit plateau for the season.
Freeman started at second base and went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a home game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on March 23. The Dodgers lost 1-5 on the day, but Freeman’s two hits pushed his season total to 201. This is the first time Freeman, who made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut in 2010, has reached 200 hits in a season. His previous high was 199, set last year.
It is the first time a Dodgers player has hit 200 home runs in a season since Adrian Beltre in 2004 and the 27th time in franchise history. Freeman is the 21st player in MLB history and the first first baseman and Dodger to record 200 hits, 25 home runs and 20 doubles in a season, according to USA Today. “If you look at his entire season, I think it’s unprecedented,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, “and I think we’re paying tribute to his accomplishments every night.” In 152 games, Freeman batted .334 (602-for-201) with 26 home runs and 95 RBIs. His on-base percentage (0.411) and slugging percentage (0.563) combined for an OPS of 0.974.
Freeman’s next goal is 60 doubles. With 56 doubles, Freeman needs just four more in his remaining games to make MLB history. According to MLB.com, only six players in MLB history have ever hit 60 doubles in a season. The record is 67 by 사설토토 Earl Webb (then of the Boston Red Sox) in 1931. He is followed by Joe Madwick (then St. Louis Cardinals – 64) in 1936, George Burns (then Cleveland Indians – 64) in 1926, Hank Greenberg (then Detroit Tigers – 63) in 1934, Paul Warner (Pittsburgh Pirates – 62) in 1932, and Charlie Herringer (then Detroit – 60) in 1936.
“Four of the six players (Herringer-Greenberg-Madwick-Warner) are in the Hall of Fame,” MLB.com said. The Dodgers have nine games remaining.