Freddie Freeman wins 2020 NL MVP

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has been named the National League MVP. Freeman ran away with the award.

He received 28 first-place votes. In addition, he had two second place votes to receive 410 points.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman hits a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the 2020 National League Championship Series
Freddie Freeman hits a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the 2020 National League Championship Series (Photo by the Atlanta Braves/Instagram)

“I don’t think anybody can ever dream of winning an MVP,” Freeman said. “As a kid, you’re just dreaming of one day being on TV, like the guys you’re watching. For it to come like this, it’s just amazing. I’ve had good years in the past. This year, it just all came together from start to finish.”

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This is the seventh time that a member of the Braves organization has won the award. However, he is the first since Chipper Jones in 1999 to win the award.

Besides Freeman and Jones, Bob Elliott won the award in 1947 and Hank Aaron won it in 1957. Dale Murphy won the award twice in 1982 and 1983.

Terry Pendleton also won the award in 1991.

Related: Trevor Bauer wins the 2020 NL Cy Young Award

Beside Freeman, only Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts received first-place votes. He received two first-place votes.

Betts was the second-place finisher. Besides the two first-place votes, Betts also received 21 second place votes, five third-place votes, one fifth-place votes, and one sixth-place vote.

San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado was the third-place finisher. He had two second-place votes and 16 third-place votes.

Related: Marlins’ Don Mattingly named 2020 NL Manager of the Year

In addition, Machado also had two fifth-place votes, two sixth-place votes, and one seventh-place vote for 221 points.

“Congrats to the National League MVP,” Braves legend Chipper Jones said on Twitter. “My Man Freddie Freeman. Never a doubt. Knew u could do it…. Just a matter of time! Now, go do it again in 21. Love ya bro!”

The 31-year-old California-born player had a .341 batting average with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in 60 games. He also had 73 hits, while scoring 51 runs in 214 at-bats. Freeman also had 23 doubles and one triple.

Related: Rays’ Kevin Cash wins 2020 AL Manager of the Year

The 51 runs and 23 doubles were a 1st in the National League, according to the Braves twitter account. He also had 37 extra-base hits and 3.3 fWAR, which also led the National League.

Freeman had a 33-game on-base streak, which was the longest in Major League Baseball this season. He also had an 18-game hit streak, which was the longest in the National League.

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