About midway through September, I penned that Freddie Freeman had ran away with the NL MVP award. Clearly, the BBWAA agreed, as Freddie got over 400 total votes to win the NL MVP in 2020.
A season that started with him getting COVID-19 and falling violently sick ends with him celebrating as he finally gets his due. Freeman hit .341, with an OPS over 1.000, 13 homeruns and posted a 186 OPS+.
He is the fourth player since the Braves move to Atlanta to win the NL MVP as a Brave, alongside Dale Murphy (who did it twice and presented Freeman his MVP), Terry Pendleton and former teammate Chipper Jones.
He’s the first 1st Baseman to win an MVP in the NL since Joey Votto in 2010. With Jose Abreu winning in the AL, they are the first pair of 1B to win the MVP awards in the same season since 2006 (Justin Morneau, Ryan Howard). Freeman led the Braves to a third straight division title and they were one game away from a World Series appearance.
Congratulations to MVFree.