Freddie Freeman (34) of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Matt Olson (29) of the Atlanta Braves were mentioned as strong candidates for the 2023 All-MLB team.
On the 13th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official major league media, reviewed the players who will be selected for All-MLB by position. MLB.com, which was the first to analyze first basemen, selected Freeman and Olson as the most likely candidates.
MLB.com, which first mentioned Freeman, asked, “What can’t Freeman do?” and added, “He has an astonishing slash line of .335/.413/.573 and is the first player in major league history to hit 60 doubles and 30 home runs. There is a possibility of recording. (He currently has 54 doubles and 25 home runs.) And he ranks 4th in the major leagues with a bWAR (Wins Above Replacement Contribution Based on Baseball Reference) of 6.1. “On the 9th, he broke the record for the most doubles in a single season in club history, and he can also challenge Earl Webb’s all-time major league record (67),” he said, highlighting Freeman’s performance.
“Freeman is in the top 2% for wOBA (.414, a personal best based on a full season), the top 1% for expected batting average (.319), and the top 0% for sweet spot percentage (47.9%), so he is flawless in detailed indicators as well.” MLB.com analyzed, predicting, “If it were not for former teammate Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta) or current teammate Mookie Betts, Freeman would have been able to win MVP in three years after 2020.”
Following Freeman, Olson was introduced as a leading candidate for the All-MLB team first baseman. MLB.com said, “Olson exceeded 100 RBIs last year, but his batting average (.240) and on-base percentage (.325) were career lows, so it was a somewhat disappointing year. However, this slump seems to be a thing of the past. He leads the major leagues in home runs (51) and RBIs (128). Olson became the fifth player in club history to hit 45 home runs (along with Hank Aaron, Eddie Matthews, Chipper Jones, and Andrew Jones). And he’s showing pace to break Andrew Jones’ 51 home runs.”
Coincidentally, both Freeman and Olson had a huge influence on each other’s transfers. Freeman, who became a free agent after the end of the 2021 season, negotiated a renewal with Atlanta, where he had played for a long time after being selected in the second round (78th place) of the 2007 rookie draft, but it did not go well. Atlanta, expecting Freeman to leave the team, acquired Olson through a trade and signed an 8-year, $168 million (approximately 222.9 billion won) extension contract. With Olson leaving for Atlanta, the possibility of renewing his contract completely disappeared, and Freeman signed a six-year contract with the Dodgers worth $162 million (approximately 215 billion won). 먹튀검증
The transfer saga between Freeman and Olson, which appeared to be a victory for the Dodgers as Olson performed somewhat poorly last season, is taking a different turn again as Olson succeeded in rebounding this season. In 143 games this season, Freeman has a batting average of .335 (190 hits in 567 at-bats), 25 home runs, 91 RBI, and an OPS of .983, while Olson has a batting average of .208 (153 hits in 546 at-bats), 51 home runs, and 128 RBI in 145 games this season. It’s in progress.
Meanwhile, MLB.com selected Yandy Diaz (Tampa Bay) and Pete Alonso (Mets) as contenders, and classified Nathaniel Rowe (Texas), Christian Walker (Arizona), Triston Casas (Boston), and Josh Naylor (Cleveland) as dark horses. did.