The illustrious company Freeman referenced: Hank Aaron (733 homers in a Braves uniform), Eddie Mathews (493), Chipper Jones (468), Dale Murphy (371) and Andruw Jones (368). Freeman’s 250 homers also rank 13th among active players.
Saturday’s blast was Freeman’s 10th of the season. Freeman is tied with Chicago’s Kris Bryant for the second-highest total in the National League, trailing only his teammate Ronald Acuna and Seattle’s Mitch Haniger, who each have 12 home runs.
Much has been made of Freeman’s underwhelming offensive performance, though the power and walks have certainly still been there. Freeman said he feels he’s trending in the right direction. He has a hit in six of his past seven games, including three homers.
“I feel like I’ve hit the ball hard all year, too,” Freeman said. “That’s the crazy thing. I don’t know if I’d say I’m struggling, but I’m grinding. I’ve been grinding mentally trying to figure out why there’s one big glove out on the field for the first six weeks. ... I’ve been feeling much better the last five, six games.”