More hardware: Freeman named NL Player of the Month


Freddie Freeman added another award to his growing collection Monday when the Braves first baseman was named National League Player of the Month for September.

He hit .385 (35-for-91) with nine doubles, six homers and 22 RBIs in 25 games during the month, and Freeman led major league qualifiers with a .486 on-base percentage and led NL qualifiers with a .681 slugging percentage. He had a 30-game hitting streak and 46-game on-base streak snapped Thursday.

Freeman’s hitting streak was the longest in the majors since Dan Uggla’s Atlanta Braves 33-game streak in 2011, and he became just the ninth player to have a hitting streak of 30 or more games in a season in which he hit at least 30 homers.

Freeman won three NL Player of the Week awards in the last four months of the season, and hit .365 with 16 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .484 OBP and .730 slugging percentage in his final 50 games.

He finished the season with a .302 average, career-high 34 home runs, career-bests in OBP (.400) and slugging percentage (.596) and a league-leading 83 extra-base hits. It was the second-most extra-base hits in Atlanta history behind Chipper Jones’ 87 in his 1999 MVP season.

The NL Player of the Month award is a first for Freeman, who won an NL Rookie of the Month award in July 2011.


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