Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman celebrates his solo home run with left fielder Ronald Acuna in Game 3 of the National League Division Series Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Atlanta.
Photo: Curtis Compton/
Photo: Curtis Compton/

Freddie Freeman wins another defensive honor

Freeman has long been one of the best defenders at his position despite a lack of acknowledgement. In 2018, he produced 12 defensive runs saved and a 7.8 ultimate zone rating, both best among eligible NL first basemen.

“It’s a great honor to win the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award,” Freeman said in a statement. “Defense plays such an important part in winning games, and as an organization we had a goal coming into this season to improve ours. We are thankful for the efforts of our analytics department, and for our coaches who dedicated time to working with us every day to help us get better.”

The Braves hadn’t had a Wilson defensive player of the year since Andrelton Simmons won the award three times (2012-15).

For the first time, the Braves franchise has three Gold Glove winners in a single season

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