Freddie Freeman became the latest MLB player to record his 2,000th hit on Sunday, achieving the feat during the Dodgers‘ extra-innings loss against Astros.
An RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning marked Freeman’s 2,000th hit in the majors, making him the 295th player in league history to hit the milestone mark, and the sixth active player.
After the game, the team celebrated Freeman’s accomplishment, and the 33-year-old gave an emotional speech to his teammates in the locker room.
“These past two years have been very special for me to be back in Southern California, where I grew up and play in front of my family every night and for you to be family to me,” Freeman said of his LA teammates.
Another milestone has been reached. Congratulations on 2,000 career hits, Freddie. pic.twitter.com/XDhvF8gaRw
– Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 26, 2023
“You know I love grinding. I like to play every day, the consistency. Come in to work every day. I think that’s what 2,000 hits means to me, is to go out there every day and be able to grind and compete every day,” he added.
Freeman is now one of 98 players in MLB history with 300 home runs and 2,000 hits, both of which he accomplished this season.
The six-time All-Star and former National League MVP has been one of the best hitters in baseball throughout his career, posting a batting average above .300 in seven of the last eight seasons.