You can see the original post from 2015 by bledsoe here. At the time, he did a great job, and said it all. Since then, Freddie has done even more to move his way up towards the very top of the list.
He’s our Chipper Jones. It may not seem that way since we’re not winning pennants and appearing in round after round of playoff series, but Chipper also had Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Andruw Jones, Javy Lopez, etc. to play with, and Freddie in the last few years has had to settle for a much less impressive supporting cast.
In the last 3 years, Freddie has averaged a .306/.396/.549 line (150 OPS+), 28 home runs, 8 stolen bases, Gold Glove-caliber defense (winning it in 2018), and leading the league in games played, hits, and doubles in 2018. He’s the rock of the team. Had he not taken a pitch off his hamate bone in 2017, there’s no doubt he would have averaged at least 160 games played these past 3 years.
It’d be nice to see some more home runs out of Freddie, but like I said, he led the league in doubles, and he’s a sure bet to give you 40+ of them in a full season.
Even though he’s from California, he embodies Atlanta. Depending on how you feel about Matt Ryan, you can make the argument he’s the most loved athlete in Atlanta. He represents the most loved team in Atlanta better than you could hope. He’s shut his mouth — at least publicly — about the team’s decision to waste most of his peak years with a rebuild.