Freeman goes deep for 1,500th career hit

September 10th, 2020

ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman homered for his 1,500th career hit and collected a career-high six RBIs during the 29-9 win claimed over the Marlins on Wednesday night at Truist Park.

“That’s a lot of hits and hopefully there’s a lot more to come,” Braves outfielder Adam Duvall said.

Freeman singled during the Braves' 11-run second inning and then tallied his 1,500th hit with a two-run homer during the third inning, making the score 13-5. The four-time All-Star entered the game knowing he was two hits shy of this milestone. He found out by asking a bat boy why they had requested one of the baseballs with which he’d recorded a recent hit to be thrown back to the dugout for commemoration.

Freeman is the 12th player in Braves franchise history to reach the 1,500-hit milestone. Chipper Jones (2,726), Dale Murphy (1,901) and Andruw Jones (1,683) are the only other players with more hits than Freeman in Atlanta history, which dates back to 1966.  

“It was nice to get it out of the way and move on,” Freeman said. “I already got a text from Chipper. It’s pretty special.”