OK, folks, your wish is granted: Freddie Freeman gets the call

I mentioned yesterday that Freddie was almost ready. Today the Braves made it official: Freddie Freeman, the 20-year-old first baseman, will be promoted to the majors Wednesday, which is Sept. 1, which is the day big-league rosters can expand to 40.

I’m like you: I want to see the guy play. But I’m not sure how much we will. The Braves already have a new first baseman in Derrek Lee and a backup plan in Troy Glaus. But this has been, as we’ve noted a time or two, a stunning season.

Who would have predicted that Glaus, so bad in April, would be the National League’s May player of the month? Who saw Jonny Venters coming? Who envisioned Omar Infante as an All-Star? Who figured a career utility man might well lead the National League in hitting? Who guessed a team without Chipper Jones leading the reigning National League champion by three games with 31 to play?

So, as much as I’m trying to tamp down civic enthusiasm regarding Mr. FF, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say: Given the tenor of our times, it would only make sense if Freeman gets pushed into the lineup as a callow rookie — and then is named MVP of the 2010 Fall Classic. Not saying it will happen that way. Just saying that, with these Braves, pretty much anything could.

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Cletus

August 31st, 2010
3:17 pm

Jamaaliver

August 31st, 2010
3:19 pm

The future is now!!! Thank goodness we have such a fruitful farm system.

sugarpikegang

August 31st, 2010
3:19 pm

In the pennant race in September! Lovin’ it!

Brava

August 31st, 2010
3:23 pm

I hope fans aren’t pinning too many expectations on him, but I’m glad Freeman is getting a look.

Selleck Waterfall Sandwich

August 31st, 2010
3:26 pm

Alright!

Double rainbows, man. Double rainbows.

Freddie Got Freeman’d

ATL Fan

August 31st, 2010
3:27 pm

I can see him getting into the post-season after putting D. Lee and T. Glaus on the DL.

PMC

August 31st, 2010
3:27 pm

Here’s hoping he gets some spots pinch hitting and whomever is hurling decides to throw him nothing but fastballs this month.

I get the feeling the first curveball/offspeed/slider is going to rock his world.

PMC

August 31st, 2010
3:28 pm

Any offense would be MUCH appreciated.

Jtown

August 31st, 2010
3:30 pm

Ill bet anything Bobby plays Freeman a ton.

Rowland Office Worker

August 31st, 2010
3:32 pm

I agree with you Mark that he will probably not play much but the next month will hopefully give him the feeling that he belongs here and will go a long way in building confidence for 2011. I think seeing the young guys here and doing well just makes us fans remember that maybe it isn’t always about the money side of the business.

Mr. Phil

August 31st, 2010
3:32 pm

I have made few comments about the Braves this year. Mostly ’cause I can not truly understand them. I can not think of a reason we could have expected them to be this good. So it will not surprise me, given no reason to expect as much, that FF will be the post season MVP. I could not have seen it coming so I should have known it was coming.

Ryan

August 31st, 2010
3:34 pm

I’m am excited about the future of this team I feel like the entire right side of the diamond and catcher is in set with reasonable contracts for the next 3 years. Regarding 2011 Gonzalez, Chipper, and Infante should be able to handle SS and 3rd. Biggest concerns are LF and CF. Mark, do you know who we have in the minors ready to play either position?

Tim

August 31st, 2010
3:37 pm

I would love for Freddie to be the MVP of the WS, but wouldn’t he have had to be on the roster today to make the post season roster? As a call-up tomorrow, isn’t he ineligible?

Sonny Clusters

August 31st, 2010
3:37 pm

We was glad to see it!

Selleck Waterfall Sandwich

August 31st, 2010
3:39 pm

I don’t see why we should break tradition. So, since no one said it:

FIRST!!!!

Ree Roe

August 31st, 2010
3:39 pm

Congrats to Freddie. He’s worked hard & has earned his call up the old fashioned way. I would caution everyone to tamper your expectations. Let the young man get accustomed to this level & get some at bats. I hope people don’t jump off a bridge if he’s 2 for 31 or 1 for 10 with 5 Ks

-REEgular ol Roe!!

dawgforlife

August 31st, 2010
3:39 pm

FF is the only minor league position player we have ready for the major leagues…great pitching in the high minors…but, most if not all the highly rated position players are in the low minor leagues.

mclOUTh

August 31st, 2010
3:40 pm

Is he going to be eligible for the post-season roster?

Rduck

August 31st, 2010
3:40 pm

I am excited to see this young man get the callup. He has earned the chance so let’s see if he can shine. I am looking forward to his contributions on the field and I hope this is a prelude to great things to come. Good luck kid.. Hit’em where they aint!

Trey

August 31st, 2010
3:40 pm

SONNY! How was your Dairy Queen last night?

Selleck Waterfall Sandwich

August 31st, 2010
3:41 pm

Why is no one pointing out that he is Morgan Freeman’s son? I think that would be a lot more noteworthy.

Trey

August 31st, 2010
3:41 pm

Sonny, how was Dairy Queen?

Trey

August 31st, 2010
3:42 pm

Do you want Diary Queen to celebrate, Sonny? I was about to head out, but I heard about this and I had to read myself.

Just me

August 31st, 2010
3:42 pm

Uh, PMC…they throw curveballs, sliders and off speed in Triple A, also. Did you think it was just fastballs?

Bobby Coccyx

August 31st, 2010
3:43 pm

He’s a good kid

Jammin'

August 31st, 2010
3:43 pm

Selleck, I thought he was MARVIN Freeman’s son.

Mark Bradley

August 31st, 2010
3:47 pm

Nope, Tim. He’s postseason-eligible. Anybody in the Braves’ organization as of Sept. 1 is postseason-eligible.

Mouth of the South Larry Jones

August 31st, 2010
3:47 pm

some phillies troll on the other blog was spouting off at the mouth about 18 thousands at the game last night – true or just spouting off?

NCBravesFan

August 31st, 2010
3:47 pm

Frederick is getting the call? Well bless his heart.

Duluth's Finest

August 31st, 2010
3:49 pm

true Larry, I was there, my 17th game so far, and about 5k of the 18k were mets fans

such a great game too missed by so many

Phillies, Class of the NL

August 31st, 2010
3:50 pm

I must be the troll huh Larry?? Shut that redneck hole in your face – yes its true you dope – atlanta is a HORRIBLE sports town.

mclOUTh

August 31st, 2010
3:50 pm

Our crowds ALWAYS get smaller when school starts. It’s another consequence of this state starting school in early August. If you can’t look at our attendance based on pre-school dismissal for the summer, summer, and return to school and see a HUGE difference I would be stunned.

Phillies, Class of the NL

August 31st, 2010
3:51 pm

just over a month until the Phillies are back to back to back to back NL East Champs and the World Series stroll begins

Tim

August 31st, 2010
3:51 pm

Thanks Mark! Well in that case, bring it on!!

Phillies, Class of the NL

August 31st, 2010
3:52 pm

braves average less than 30,000 per night, good for 13th in MLB, yet they are a first place team — a few weeks back, before school started, there was also an 18,000 attendance game

Phillies, Class of the NL

August 31st, 2010
3:54 pm

the rays and braves are notorious across MLB for having the worst fans and the worst fan support – lethargy is king at the Ted!

mclOUTh

August 31st, 2010
3:54 pm

Hey Phillies, enjoy the view of our A___ as we head to the finish line….

mclOUTh

August 31st, 2010
3:54 pm

We are on pace to draw over 3 million in a bad economy….what is the problem here?

Neon yellow shirt guy

August 31st, 2010
3:54 pm

What should I wear to the game tonight?

Jesse Stone

August 31st, 2010
3:55 pm

Phillies, Class of NL- Can players get voted into the All-Star game by their peers? If so, why hasn’t Carlos Ruiz made it?

Andy

August 31st, 2010
3:55 pm

Phillies, Class of the NL

Why don’t you worry about your own team that almost got no hit last night.

Phillies, Class of the NL

August 31st, 2010
3:55 pm

meanwhile, the NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies celebrated their 100th straight sell-out two weeks ago

the Ted was at 38% capacity last night – the Phillies AVERAGE 103% capacity

nola braves fan

August 31st, 2010
3:56 pm

Mark – have to say that blog/chat last night you had was a classic. I read it back after the game and was cracking up. In fact had to use the ol’ Tivo to go find yellow and green shirt guys.

Line of the night… when that bottle was thrown at Frenhy… “did he swing at the first thing thrown to him”.

Beware of Phillies fans!

August 31st, 2010
3:56 pm

Wow. That’s some smack talk from Phillies fans. They’re really bringing out the big guns!
(wake me when it’s over) zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Yo Adrian.

UKUGA

August 31st, 2010
3:56 pm

So, if the Braves win the NL pennant, will Phillies fans feel better knowing that they sold out all their games?

Phillies, Class of the NL

August 31st, 2010
3:57 pm

30k x 81 = 2,430,000 – I guess they dont teach math in the dumb states

Mark Bradley

August 31st, 2010
3:57 pm

If you can’t beat ‘em on the field, hit ‘em with your attendance.

Ralph

August 31st, 2010
3:57 pm

Mark, Infante would possibly have been an all atar last year if Bobby Cox hadn’t been so stupid by not playing him everyday.

mclOUTh

August 31st, 2010
3:57 pm

They also turn on their own like rabid wolves. You celebrate your sell-outs…we’re gonna celebrate our 2010 NL East Title.

mclOUTh

August 31st, 2010
3:57 pm

MB bringing out the heavy artillery….NICE!