Finally, Freddie Freeman and the Braves can finally move on
Freddie Freeman and the Braves can finally move on if they want to.
The Freeman Braves saga is a long-running one – almost six months at this point.
Freeman returned to Atlanta, fired his agent, and made up a story.
Since then, he’s put up some impressive numbers for the Dodgers. He made them NL All Star Team as a reserve and could be a National League MVP contender. His performance didn’t suffer after leaving Atlanta, which is an important footnote to this story.
However, the two sides have been linked for most of this season, and with good reason.
In this week, Doug Gottlieb retracted a report alleging that Freeman’s former agent Casey Close misled the Dodgers’ first baseman about his offers from Atlanta.
Said account was a major influence in a narrative that portrayed Close as the villain, although that wasn’t the case. Close, according to Gottlieb himself, did not influence Freeman to leave the Braves.
Can Braves, Freddie Freeman finally move on?
Freeman was in tears on his first visit to Atlanta. Since then, he’s settled into the Dodgers’ clubhouse.
Even Clayton Kershaw expressed concern after Freeman’s visit to the city that has been his home for much of his career to date. But the star first-baseman took that criticism in stride and has made more of an impact on Los Angeles over time.
Hell, he’s signed on as a Dodger for well over half a decade, after all. Freeman himself is from the area, so Southern California is by no means new to him. But his departure from Atlanta was emotional and somber.
Gottlieb was nearly sued for defamation by Close because his untimely reporting was affecting his livelihood. Freeman and Close split for completely different reasons, and some Braves fans have to wonder if leaving Atlanta was really necessary.
At least for the time being. The two sides can move past this spade. It’s over.
https://fansided.com/2022/09/09/freddie-freeman-braves-drama-report/ Finally, Freddie Freeman and the Braves can finally move on