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Freddie Freeman joins the 2,000-hit club, 13th to do so while with the Dodgers

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Freddie Freeman’s season of milestones continued. His eighth-inning double on Sunday night against Astros right-hander Rafael Montero was the 2,000th hit of Freeman’s career. He’s the 295th player in major league history with at least 2,000 hits.

It was the second double of the game for Freeman.

On May 18 in St. Louis, Freeman hit his 300th career home run. He’s the 98th major leaguer to amass both 300 homers and 2,000 hits. Nineteen of those 98 have played at least part of their career with the Dodgers.

Freeman was the fifth player to hit his 300th career home run while with the Dodgers. J.D. Martinez could join that group soon, currently at 298 homers.

Freeman is the 13th player to get their 2,000th career hit while with the Dodgers, and the first since fellow first baseman Adrián González on August 22, 2017.

Collecting 2,000th hit while with the Dodgers

Player 2,000th hit Opp. Pitcher Inn. Hit Dodgers H Career H
Player 2,000th hit Opp. Pitcher Inn. Hit Dodgers H Career H
Ed Konetchy Sep 7, 1920 at Phi Johnny Enzmann 9th 1B 351 2,150
Zack Wheat Jun 22, 1922 at NYG Rosy Ryan 4th 1B 2,804 2,884
Joe Medwick Sep 12, 1942 StL Max Lanier 8th 1B 535 2,471
Pee Wee Reese Jul 21, 1956 at StL Herm Wehmeier 9th 1B 2,170 2,170
Jim Gilliam* Jul 26, 1966 Phi Larry Jackson 9th 1B 1,889 2,021
Maury Wills May 26, 1971 SF Gaylord Perry 5th 1B 1,732 2,134
Willie Davis Jun 19, 1973 Atl Phil Niekro 6th HR 2,091 2,561
Gary Carter Jul 5, 1991 Atl Tom Glavine 7th 1B 61 2,092
Brett Butler May 15, 1994 SD A.J. Sager 1st 1B 837 2,375
Tim Wallach Sep 22, 1995 SD Bryce Florie 5th 1B 346 2,085
Jeff Kent Jul 8, 2005 at Hou Roger Clemens 5th 1B 551 2,461
Adrián González Aug 22, 2017 at Pit Johnny Barbato 6th 2B 752 2,050
Freddie Freeman Jun 25, 2023 Hou Rafael Montero 8th 2B 296 2,000
*includes Gilliam’s time in the Negro Leagues

This list includes Jim Gilliam, who had at least 132 hits for the Black Elite Giants from ages 17 to 19, and later added 1,889 hits with the Dodgers.

It’s been a typically great year for Freeman, who is in the second season of a six-year, $162-million contract signed with the Dodgers in March 2022. He is hitting .317/.397/.549 with a 154 wRC+, and leads the majors with 27 doubles. Freeman set career highs last season with 199 hits and 47 doubles, and this year is on pace for 204 hits and 57 doubles.

Freeman is a finalist to start at first base for the National League in the All-Star Game, something he also did in 2018, 2019, and 2021. The second round of fan voting starts Monday and ends Thursday.

A fun tool at Baseball Reference is similarity scores, a concept devised by Bill James is the 1980s to find players most comparable. The most similar player to Freeman for each of the first 12 full seasons of his career — through 2022 — is Eddie Murray, another championship-winning franchise icon first baseman who joined the Dodgers in his early 30s. Last year, Freeman even made a run at having Murray’s exact batting average from 1990.

Murray got his 2,000th career hit, as well as his 2,001st hit, on September 12, 1988 while with the Orioles, in the 1,801st game of Murray’s career. Freeman on Sunday got his 2,000th hit in his 1,801st career game.

Freeman is the third major leaguer to reach the 2,000-hit club in 2023, joining White Sox infielder Elvis Andrus (on April 5) and Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (on June 11).