Braves have keeper in Freddie Freeman

Atlanta's 21-year-old rookie first baseman making big strides and showing he belongs

Originally Published: July 27, 2011
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

The special nature of Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman begins with his name: Freddie. How many good players in history have been named Freddie? Shortstop Freddie Patek, second baseman Freddy Sanchez and third baseman Freddie Lindstrom? Pitchers Freddy Garcia and Freddie Fitzsimmons? Freddie Freeman. Now that's a name to remember.

And then there's Freeman's age: 21. "I was drafted when I was 21," said Braves outfielder Eric Hinske. Said Braves pitcher Eric O'Flaherty: "When I was ...

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