Freeman named NL Player of the Week

LOS ANGELES – After pounding out eight extra-base hits and 14 RBIs in six games, the Braves’ Freddie Freeman was named National League player of the week Monday, the first time he’s won the award.

“More importantly, we won five games during the week,” said Freeman, who hit .478 (11-for-23) with five doubles and three homers during the week that ended April 22, helping the Braves put together a five-game winning streak.

The 22-year-old first baseman did all his damage in six games, as he was rested April 16 after hitting just .162 with one RBI in the first nine games of the season.

Freeman went from slumping to scorching after the one-day break. He five multi-RBI games in the next six.

“Individual accolades don’t mean a lot right now,” he said. “We’re just trying to win ballgames. We won five last week and that’s the most important thing,” he said.

Freeman had two homers and a career-high five RBIs in Thursday’s 10-2 win against the Diamondbacks, with several family members in attendance after driving over from his native Southern California.

He said it was special seeing the smile on his father’s face after that game.

It’s the first NL player-of-the-week award for Freeman, who was the NL Rookie of the Year runner-up behind Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in 2011.

Two more Braves, center fielder Michael Bourn and third baseman Juan Francisco, were among 15 other players who received consideration for player of the week. Bourn hit .464 with 13 hits and five stolen bases, and Francisco hit .375 with three homers and six RBIs and a 1.063 slugging percentage.

“We had a good week offensively,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose Braves scored 45 runs during their five-game winning streak that was snapped Sunday. ” Hopefully that continues. Fredi was unbelievable. But he’s capable of doing that. We’ve seen it.”

The Braves won three of four against the Diamondbacks and continued a two-city trip Monday night with the opener of a three-game series against Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, just up the freeway from Freeman’s hometown of Villa Park.

It’ll be another opportunity for Freeman to do what he said he loves — play in front of family including his father.

62 comments Add your comment

J-Man

April 23rd, 2012
5:24 pm

Congrats Freddie…..I think this will be the 1st of many awards for Freeman

GOP Cannon

April 23rd, 2012
5:44 pm

The offense has been awesome, and Freddie has been a big part of the run production over the past couple of weeks! April is looking good for the Braves!

Skip & Pete Fan

April 23rd, 2012
5:45 pm

me

April 23rd, 2012
5:53 pm

My man Freddie, Great job.

Peachtree John

April 23rd, 2012
5:53 pm

Way to go Freddie. Congratulations for a job well done. Don’t you just love it when a young man excells at the game and brings the fans into the fray?

me

April 23rd, 2012
5:57 pm

J_MAN I agree with your instant replay. MY question is does that mean umps would change it. I dont think so.

john

April 23rd, 2012
6:00 pm

Freddy is going to be the next CHIPPER- great news for this Old Man & Btaves Fan , hope I live to see him play for years to come

bruce

April 23rd, 2012
6:04 pm

Awesome! Congrats Freddie!
What would happen if he took another day off? Player of the month? WOW.

me

April 23rd, 2012
6:06 pm

John I really think Freddie will be better over the years. Just my opinion.

Fred Macmurray

April 23rd, 2012
6:07 pm

Outstanding! Way to go Kid! The future looks bright.

me

April 23rd, 2012
6:09 pm

J-MAN You can talk to me now. Sorry to upset you earlier.

Skeezix

April 23rd, 2012
6:10 pm

If Freddie continues to hit and if Bourne keeps getting on, and if Jason keeps improving, we will have a much better offense than we all thought.

Kirk

April 23rd, 2012
6:18 pm

What has he done for me lately lol. Go Braves!

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
6:19 pm

This is just awesome, and I think the ceiling for Freddie is very high – I just hope that knee doesn’t give him any problems.

J-Man

April 23rd, 2012
6:22 pm

im not upset girl but u can give me a neck rub to make up for it lol

me

April 23rd, 2012
6:23 pm

I can arrange for that J_MAN

me

April 23rd, 2012
6:25 pm

I JNick Hi how are you today. Freddie is my favorite player. Good for him.

J-Man

April 23rd, 2012
6:29 pm

you got a yahoo account

me

April 23rd, 2012
6:31 pm

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
6:32 pm

Hello young lady – another awesome day in MD. How are things out west?

me

April 23rd, 2012
6:34 pm

JNick Nice day for a swim. Been once going again later.

quack quack

April 23rd, 2012
6:34 pm

Freddie has had a great week. So glad his family was there Thursday. Maybe they can go to all the games. By the way “me”. my neck is a little tight too…LOL GO BRAVES!!!

J-Man

April 23rd, 2012
6:39 pm

well look me up on messenger sometime djmixon83

me

April 23rd, 2012
6:42 pm

ill do that later,but not now. I am sorry but I can not reveral myself just yet. Soon but not now. Let things cool down awhile.

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
6:42 pm

Must be nice, been cold as hell here. Hope it warms up in time for me to catch an Orioles game on Wednesday.

me

April 23rd, 2012
6:45 pm

Where are you JNick?

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
6:53 pm

Halfway between Baltimore and DC – Ft Meade, MD area.

me

April 23rd, 2012
6:54 pm

Are you in Army?

Kris

April 23rd, 2012
7:05 pm

Like I mentioned before, Freeman is the best pure hitter we have; better than Heyward, Chipper, or McCann. He is our Joey Votto, our Albert Pujols. The Braves were at their best last year when Freeman hit third, began their slide when FrediGon moved him to sixth in the batting order. That was FrediGonz’s biggest mistake last year, along with sticking with DLowe in September instead of giving someone else like Medlen a chance.

RealTalk

April 23rd, 2012
7:12 pm

Way to go Freddie! Suck it Brave haters. I have a feeling this is going to be a fun and special year. Go BRAVES!!!

74bravesjersey

April 23rd, 2012
7:16 pm

Awesome freddie; & he’s got to be tops in fielding. Defensively, I hadn’t seen too many diggin’ out bad errant throws like he has.

74bravesjersey

April 23rd, 2012
7:18 pm

He’s kept the braves error total down for all the other infield dudes.

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
7:20 pm

@Me, no, not Army…AF.

@Kris, totally agree with you.

me

April 23rd, 2012
7:22 pm

Did I make you mad earlier 74braves jersey. If i did, im sorry. I have watched every brave game and I have not seen him make an error.

me

April 23rd, 2012
7:23 pm

JNick I thought you fell aslep

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
7:25 pm

Haha…no, I’m wide awake. Can’t wait to watch the game later on MLB TV.

me

April 23rd, 2012
7:30 pm

Well since it is so cold there, why dont you take some leave. Jump on a plane. Stop and pick up J_MAn in georgia. I told him earlier that I had the beach and warm water and my bikini. He said he had the cold beer and the saugage. I have no comment on me. So come on and we will go swimming.

74bravesjersey

April 23rd, 2012
7:33 pm

Naw me, I’m just an old geezer that’s got things hittin’ at me(not you) like torpedo’s. Hey, Ya’ll pull the boy’s through tonight. Need the Braves Country rockin’ the world. Gotta run. Selah!

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
7:37 pm

Huh….sounds like too much sausage for one trip :)

me

April 23rd, 2012
7:39 pm

dont understand.

tradervic

April 23rd, 2012
7:47 pm

In case you wanted to know…That unknown pitcher the Braves gave up to get Francisco…..J J Hoover, is at triple A Louisville and has struck out 17 in 9 innings so far…w/era at 2…..He may not remain unknown for long folks….

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
7:47 pm

Nevermind :) what happened to J-Man?

me

April 23rd, 2012
7:50 pm

I dont know where he went? How old are you and what do you look like? J_MAN told me. So can you.

hiway 61

April 23rd, 2012
8:01 pm

The next Braves MVP since Dale Murphy…The “lumber jack” can do it all plus should win Gold Glove.

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
8:02 pm

@Tradervic, Braves didn’t give him much of a chance in spring training – only 4 innings, had 5 walks…he had great numbers in AA last year though. Guess he just wasn’t in the plans…

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
8:10 pm

Francisco is hitting .286 and slugging .710…3 doubles and 3 HR in limited at bats. I’m not complaining…I think he’s got a chance to be good.

me

April 23rd, 2012
8:13 pm

So do I , but are you going to answer.Maybe avoiding me. THats OK if you dont want to say,but tell me something.

o-my

April 23rd, 2012
8:13 pm

J-Man is working, something a few others need to do..

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
8:29 pm

Not avoiding, but not having a personal convo on a public forum :)

me

April 23rd, 2012
8:33 pm

OK Going for swim and then game. So good nite Talk later Go Braves Later

whereamI

April 23rd, 2012
8:42 pm

Am I on an braves blog or matchdotcom?

me

April 23rd, 2012
8:51 pm

Where am i, You are wherever you want to be. Sorry to interrupt your precious day.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 23rd, 2012
9:15 pm

And last week he was the looser of the week cuz he was bechned! LOLOO!!!

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
9:18 pm

Ah, the 12 year olds are back…

Alex

April 23rd, 2012
9:52 pm

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record
April 23rd, 2012
9:15 pm

And last week he was the looser of the week cuz he was bechned! LOLOO!!!

Everything about everything above tells us all we need to know about your intelligence.

kral

April 23rd, 2012
9:55 pm

Gosh… it will be late…Braves for me goes way back…DOGERS…hate ‘em…Lasordie…the battles when we were in the west…yes new generation we use to be on the west coast…always want to beat the dodgers…like um..no..hate um…close

J-Man

April 23rd, 2012
10:08 pm

Can we start a petition to get Instant Replay in MLB

J-Man

April 23rd, 2012
10:20 pm

IMO Uggla should be lower in the order because his average is too low

TBbravesfan

April 23rd, 2012
10:42 pm

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
11:17 pm

Damn…that was a beautiful bunt by Ross….just foul…

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
11:20 pm

Is it just me, or does Capuano come really close to balking every time he pitches…?

JNick

April 23rd, 2012
11:38 pm

Damn, I lost $20, I had JJ making it through 4 innings….
Time for the DL or a AAA demotion….

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