Will Freddie Freeman make the MLB Hall of Fame?
One thing is for sure, the Atlanta Braves will certainly retire Freddie Freeman’s number one day. Even if he were to forget how to play baseball tomorrow.
But the question still remains, will Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves make the national baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York?
Over the past couple of years, the Atlanta Braves faithful have had to make a few expected visits to the shrine, but also have envisioned some complicated scenarios such as Dale Murphy and Andruw Jones both not making it (Andruw still has a few years of eligibility though).
I think we will see a different story with Freddie. Assuming he is able to stay healthy and produce for at least six or so more “Freddie” seasons, he should make it in.
Let’s look at some of the examples of why I strongly believe that will be the case.
Freddie’s current numbers as of today are as follows.
- 1,451 career hits
- 227 home runs
- career .293 batting average
To add on top of those, he has already achieved a Gold Glove, and will most likely have multiple by the end of his playing days, and the same goes for both silver slugger awards.
Going one step further, and he has already been to 4 All-Star games, and when all is said and done there, he could be at least a 7-time All-Star player.
All those stats alone should get enough attention, but we are gonna keep pouring on the accolades and go ahead and get this ball rolling.
Currently, Freddie sits on a 37.4 WAR, which is good for 26th among all active hitters. Looking at the list, he should no problem be in the top 20 of that list after the upcoming 2020 season.
And looking at the all-time list of career WAR leaders at first base, he probably needs to be close to 60 WAR when his career ends.
Since 2015 he’s averaged 4.6 WAR a season. That would give him 28 WAR over the next six years to put him around 65 WAR, which would put him in the top 15 among first baseman all-time.
Defensively, we all know how Freddie Freeman is as well, as he has saved the Atlanta Braves infielders on multiple times, and by now we all expect him to make the hard plays look routine, and when he doesn’t, it’s a mild surprise to us all.
As we mentioned earlier, we all expect Freddie to have at LEAST 6 more typical seasons. If that is indeed the case, he will land well north of 2,500 hits and 400 home runs and would be extremely close to a career .300 average.
We are talking numbers that are extremely close to Chipper Jones, who we all know was a near-unanimous lock on his first attempt on the ballot.
With all of that being said, you know what my favorite part of Freddie’s game is? The fact that he virtually plays every day regardless of anything.
Very rarely does he take time off, and in fact, it would probably benefit his numbers if he did take a break every once in a while.
And even though he has yet to win the MVP award, he has already been in the top 10 of voting 4 times.
Last but not least, only 89 players in the entire history of the game have a higher OBPS % than our own Freddie Freeman. Let that sink in a little bit.
So, let’s go ahead and watch that kid who it seems just hit his first home run off the great Roy Halladay blossom into more and be our next Hall of Fame player.