Thursday, December 6, 2012

2013 Chops #5 Freddie Freeman


This past weekend, I debuted the first of a new series of original cards I've created. Dubbed Radiance, the cards were designed with a more mid-scale card in mind. The base set, with a Freddie Freeman pictured above, is just plain Chops.

 Those who are staunch defenders of advanced metrics swear that Freeman isn't all he's cracked up to be on D. But you know what? I could care less about the number crunchers-the fact of the matter is that there's always going to be aspects of a players game that can stand to improve. Every player has areas of his game which are stronger than others- and Freeman is no different. The areas where he is weak-say 8 chances to start a double play, with one successfully turned- are often picked up by another player (say, a pitcher getting a ground ball for a double play, a strikeout, etc). In the same way, Freeman can pick it like no one's business-saving countless errant throws by his infielders. In this sense, I believe his glove work has saved more runs than his deficiencies has allowed.

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