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Freddie Freeman Blasts His Way into the 300 Home Run Club

Freddie Freeman Blasts His Way into the 300 Home Run Club

Author: Deborah Ross  /  2023-05-19 09:29:24

In a thrilling moment during Thursday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman accomplished a major milestone. His sixth-inning grand slam off Cardinals left-hander Génesis Cabrera marked the 300th home run of his career, making him the 155th player in MLB history to reach this impressive feat.

Freeman's journey to the 300 home run club saw him hit his 299th homer just last week against the San Diego Padres. It took him 27 plate appearances to reach the landmark 300th home run. Along the way, Freeman showed his consistency at the plate, going 9-for-22 with three walks and a sacrifice fly. He came tantalizingly close to the milestone on several occasions, including doubling off the right-center field wall and the left field wall in previous games. Notably, he even tripled off the right field wall just an inning before launching his historic grand slam.

Joining an elite group, Freeman became only the fifth player to achieve his 300th career home run while playing for the Dodgers, with the previous player being Adrían González back in 2016. This remarkable accomplishment solidifies Freeman's status as one of the premier power hitters in the game.

Of his impressive 300 home runs, 14 have come against the Cardinals in his 69 career games, with nine of them being at Busch Stadium. Interestingly, Freeman's milestone blast was his first off Génesis Cabrera, against whom he had previously gone hitless with a strikeout in 2021 while playing for the Braves.

Freeman's powerful swing has been a threat to both left-handed and right-handed pitchers throughout his career, with Thursday's grand slam marking his 76th home run off a lefty. His overall tally consists of 224 home runs against right-handers. Notably, this was also his fourth career grand slam and his first with the Dodgers.

It's worth mentioning that Freeman hit the first 271 home runs of his career with the Atlanta Braves, the team he will face in a three-game series starting Monday night in Atlanta. Among the various ballparks, Truist Park holds a special place for him, as he has hit 70 home runs there, making it his most prolific stadium. Turner Field, the former home of the Braves, witnessed 64 of Freeman's homers, making it his second-most productive home run ballpark.

As Freddie Freeman celebrates this remarkable accomplishment, fans eagerly await his future power-packed performances and the continued success he brings to the Dodgers lineup.

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