The Atlanta Braves seem to be trying to recapture lightning in a bottle once more. The organization has given a ‘100 percent go’ for Freddie Freeman to make the jump to the hot corner.
Freeman brought up the subject about three weeks ago and the organization has decided that it’s the best move, considering his replacement, Matt Adams, has been posting some very impressive numbers on first, hitting .306/.361/.658 with seven doubles, 10 homers, 27 RBIs and 21 runs in 122 plate appearances with the Braves as of June 19th.
Freeman seems confident in his abilities, saying that his main focus is third base and nothing else. If Freeman posts the kinds of numbers he did prior to his injury, the Braves may once again be a force to be reckoned with.
“My first baseman’s glove is getting tucked away at the back of my locker and I’ve got an infielder’s glove sent to me.” -Freddie Freeman
A move like this isn’t unexpected or even unheard of, especially in their organization.
For more than 20 years, the Braves seem to have taken a liking to picking and choosing their players’ best spots. Legendary third baseman and future hall-of-famer, Chipper Jones started his career with the team as a shortstop, and for a brief period of time, entertained at left field.
Much smaller glove, long throws, slow rollers? Gonna have to marinate on this one! Kudos to @FreddieFreeman5 for being a team first leader.
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) June 21, 2017
Like all fans, I’m hoping this can pull the Braves out of the slump that seems to have cursed our organization since our heartbreaking appearance in 2012. Last season, they finished fifth in the division, putting up a dismal 68-93.
We are anxious to have a chance at the playoffs again; will this move do the trick? It’s hard to tell, but for die-hard Braves fans, promise hangs in the air.