Los Angeles Dodgers’ center hitter Freddie Freeman (34) was confident of winning the National League (NL) Western Division in the new season as well. He never gave in to threats from the San Diego Padres.
On the 1st (hereinafter referred to as Korean time), Freeman, who went to community service in Long Beach, California, USA, expressed his anticipation for the new season in an interview with local media such as ‘AM570 LA Sports’.
“The NL West is ours until we lose,” Freeman said. We won the district championship again last year, and our team is very, very good.” “Last year, many people said we would win. We were a really good team, but something crazy happened.” 안전놀이터
The Dodgers won the NL West for 8 consecutive years from 2013 to 2020. In 2021, he lost the district championship to the San Francisco Giants by one game, but last year, the team recaptured the district championship with the highest win rate (.685) and the most wins ever with 111 wins.
However, in the Division Series, San Diego was upset with 1 win and 3 losses, and the challenge to win the World Series was frustrated. After the season, a bigger change in the squad than ever before was also made.
Justin Turner (Boston), main third baseman and mental support for nine years, main shortstop Trey Turner (Philadelphia), and outfielder Cody Bellinger (Chicago Cubs) left the team. 15-win starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (LA Angels) also transferred to free agency. Although they recruited veteran designated hitter JD Martinez and pitcher Noah Syndergaard, it is evaluated that their overall power has weakened.
“Everyone saw the departure of Trey Turner,” Freeman said. Bellinger and Justin Turner, two key players in the organization, were also lost. In particular, Turner was a special player and person who meant a lot to the Dodgers organization. Boston will love Turner just as we love him no matter what.”
“We still have good power. We have a good pitching staff with Mookie Betts, Will Smith, Max Muncy and JD Martinez,” he said. “The 29 teams that haven’t won should use that as motivation. We have one goal,” he said, emphasizing that he would try again to win.