Freddie Freeman, who had written a ‘tie’ record for the LA Dodgers the day before (the 8th), has written a ‘new history’ today.
Freeman started as a first baseman and second hitter in the 2023 Major League Baseball away game against the Washington Nationals held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on the 9th (Korean time), and performed well with 3 hits in 4 at-bats, 2 runs, and 1 walk, leading the Dodgers’ 2nd place. led to a winning streak.
The day before (the 8th), Freeman created a record that would leave his name in the history of the Dodgers. In the 6th inning against the Miami Marlins, Freeman hit a 95.5 mph (approximately 153.7 km) four-seam fastball that went out of the strike zone on George Soriano’s third pitch and into the right field, hitting a double.
Even though it was a ‘fair’ hit, there was an incident where the ball boy threw the ball into the stands, but the umpires recognized Freeman’s double. Therefore, Freeman succeeded in tying the record for most doubles in a season with Johnny Frederick (52) in 1929. And on this day, he rewrote history.
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In his first at-bat in the first inning, Freeman attacked Washington starter MacKenzie Gore’s slider that fell low on the sixth pitch, produced an infield hit toward the third baseman, and hit home on JD Martinez’s two-run home run to start the game in a good mood. And in the top of the third inning, with no runners on base and two outs, he once again produced a hit, completing a ‘multi-hit’.메이저놀이터
It was the fifth inning that Freeman created the record. In the top of the 5th inning, when the score was 4-3, with no outs on first base, Freeman did not miss Washington’s new pitcher Mason Thompson’s first pitch sinker at 94.4 mph (approximately 151.9 km) into the middle of the strike zone. The ball that Freeman hit headed towards right field, and he passed the first base and ran toward second base, creating his 53rd double of the season.
With this hit, Freeman broke the Dodgers’ record for most doubles in a season, which had been held by Johnny Frederick for 94 years. And he became one of only seven players in major league history to hit 60 doubles. After stepping on second base, Freeman danced and enjoyed the joy.
In the top of the 6th inning, ahead 6-5, with a scoring chance with one out and second base, Freeman came to bat once again and got an automatic intentional 4-ball, and in his last at-bat in the top of the 8th inning as the leadoff hitter, he was retired by a fly ball to center field, scoring 3 hits and 2 runs in 4 at-bats. The game ended with one walk.
Freeman is currently making strides toward hitting 60 doubles, one of only 7 players in the major leagues. The person with the most doubles in a season is Earl Webb (67 in 1931), Joe Madwick (64 in 1936), George Burns (64 in 1926), and Hank Greenberg (63 in 1934). , followed by Paul Warner (1932, 62) and Charlie Herringer (1936, 60).
The last 60 doubles were in 1936 by Charlie Herringer and Joe Medwick. Afterwards, Tot Helton (59 in 2000), Nick Castellanos (58 in 2019), and Jose Ramirez (56 in 2017) attempted to become the 7th player, but failed to reach the 60 mark. Currently, the Dodgers have 20 games left until the end of the regular season. Will Freeman be able to add 7 doubles and become the 7th person to receive the ‘honor’?