Freddie Freeman’s first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers has been an interesting one. Freeman’s return to Atlanta brought into question if he ever wanted to be a Dodger in the first place, even resulting in Freeman changing his agent.
While that has been a media whirlwind for the slugger, one thing’s for certain: he’s an All-Star-caliber player. Yet, with first base being loaded and MLB having the silly “one player from every team must make it rule,” Freeman did not make the cut.
It stung for Dodgers fans, but it was understandable. What’s not understandable is the fact that we are starting to see replacements for the All-Star Game and Freeman still has not been named to the National League squad.
Bryce Harper, Josh Hader and Yordan Alvarez were replaced by Carlos Rodon, J.D. Martinez and Garrett Cooper. Yes, Garrett Cooper.
Some Dodgers fans reading this might not even know who Garrett Cooper is, and we do not blame you. While he’s not a big-name player, he has had a pretty good season for the Marlins. However, he has not had as good of a season as Freeman.
Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman is much more deserving of an All-Star nod than Garrett Cooper.
Freeman has a better batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage (therefore also OPS) and OPS+. He has more hits, more doubles, more triples, more home runs, more RBIs, more stolen bases and more runs scored. There is not a single stat that Cooper beats Freeman in.
It would be one thing if Cooper was an outfielder that was directly replacing another outfielder in Bryce Harper. Cooper has played the outfield in the past but this season he has only played first base or DH. He is a direct comparison to Freeman, and he is worse.
Heck, Freeman is not the only player that was snubbed by this addition. Josh Bell has had a fantastic season for the Washington Nationals and he would have been a much more deserving addition than Cooper. In fact, Bell has even been better than Freeman this season.
Freeman’s former teammate Austin Riley is ninth among hitters with 350 plate appearances (one spot ahead of Freeman) in OPS+, but he hasn’t gotten an All-Star nod.
You see what we’re trying to say here?