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Freddie Freeman reveals his new walk-up song for 2023 season

Freddie Freeman in a Dodgers uniform

Apr 5, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) reacts after scoring in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Freddie Freeman is changing his walk-up song for the upcoming season and on Saturday revealed his new tunes.

The Los Angeles Dodgers held their Fanfest event Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Freeman told some reporters that the song that will play when he comes to the plate for at-bats will be “Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny.

Freeman says that his son Charlie chose the song because he enjoys dancing to it.

“He likes to dance to the song,” Freeman said of his son.

Freeman said one potential complication was the dirty lyrics, but the Dodgers first baseman thinks there will be a safe version of the song.

“There’s a clean version, so I think I can pull it off,” Freeman said.

Those who enjoy Bad Bunny will probably like Freeman’s decision (as picked out by Charlie). But some will miss Freeman’s song from 2022.

Freeman used “Baila Conmigo,” which was highly recognizable thanks to the great trumpets in the song.

Freeman batted .325 with a .918 OPS last season, his first with the Dodgers. He led the league in runs (117), hits (199), doubles (47) and on-base percentage (.407). If he starts to falter with his new song, bringing back “Baila Conmigo” wouldn’t be a bad choice.

Freddie Freeman has trash talk for Padres ahead of playoff series

Freddie Freeman looking ahead

Jun 25, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Despite it being just his first career season in the NL West, Freddie Freeman is fully embracing the intradivisional hatred.

Addressing reporters on Monday, a day before the start of the NLDS, the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Freeman was asked about the challenge of facing the San Diego Padres in the series.

“They’re hot, and we’ve been hot for seven months,” replied Freeman, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.

That sounds like a lot of confidence, almost arrogance even, for the veteran Freeman. But it is probably justified since the Dodgers just won a franchise-record 111 games with Freeman chipping in 21 home runs and 100 RBIs on a .325 batting average. The Dodgers were also a convincing 14-5 against the Padres in the regular season.

But the Padres just disposed of the 101-win New York Mets in the Wild Card round and look to be peaking at exactly the right time. A lot of unpredictable things tend to happen in the MLB postseason, and the Padres will be hoping that another upset (this time of a team that they really hate) is one of them.

Doug Gottlieb issues apology for Freddie Freeman report

Freddie Freeman looking ahead

Jun 25, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Gottlieb dropped one of the biggest bombshells of the MLB season back in June when he reported that Freddie Freeman’s agent never informed the slugger about a final contract offer from the Atlanta Braves. The FOX Sports Radio host has now apologized and said his report was inaccurate.

Freeman fired his agents in late-June after the Los Angeles Dodgers traveled to Atlanta for a series against the Braves. Gottlieb claimed Freeman made the decision to part ways with Excel Sports Management after learning that one of his former agents, Casey Close, never informed Freeman of Atlanta’s final offer in free agency last winter. Gottlieb said Close knew Freeman would have accepted the offer and withheld it.

Close strongly denied that he intentionally failed to act in Freeman’s best interests. He then sued Gottlieb for libel. On Wednesday, Gottlieb issued a statement retracting his own report and saying he “simply got it wrong.”

Close then issued a statement hinting he will drop the lawsuit against Gottlieb.

“From the onset, we were clear that Mr. Gottlieb’s tweet was wholly inaccurate and that we would seek legal remedies to set the record straight,” a statement that was sent to Larry Brown Sports read. “He has retracted his statement in its entirety and acknowledged that he got the story wrong. We consider this matter closed.”

Gottlieb’s initial report has been deleted from Twitter. In all likelihood, he agreed to delete the tweet and issue an apology in exchange for Close’s lawsuit being dropped.

Freeman’s agents overplayed their hand with Atlanta. They gave the Braves what Freeman felt was an ultimatum. Atlanta responded by acquiring Matt Olson in a trade with Oakland and signing the former A’s first baseman to a big contract extension. Many believe that is the outcome Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos wanted, anyway.

We may never know the specific reason why Freeman fired his agents, but he obviously learned something during that June trip to Atlanta. Otherwise, he would not have parted ways with his representation immediately after.

Video: Freddie Freeman’s son Charlie shows off crazy arm strength during first pitch

Charlie Freeman throwing a first pitch Freddie Freeman.

Charlie Freeman is only five years old but looks to be already following in his father Freddie Freeman’s footsteps.

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a Freddie Freeman bobblehead night on Wednesday, and had Charlie throw out the first pitch with his dad catching behind home plate.

While it is common to see many first-pitch throwers pitch from in front of the mound, the younger Freeman uncorked a powerful throw from the rubber. The throw forced Freddie to leap up into the air to prevent the ball from going to the backstop. Charlie then jogged in to give his dad a big hug.

Charlie seems to have inherited some skills from his dad on the other side of the ball as well. During the 2020 postseason, a then-four-year-old Charlie was shown mashing balls off of a tee inside what looked to be a hotel ballroom.

While Charlie is more than a few years away from a potential career in the majors, Freddie Freeman is enjoying a productive first season with the Dodgers. In 109 games entering Wednesday, the elder Freeman led MLB in hits (137) and doubles (36), and had 15 home runs and 71 RBI.

Freddie Freeman bobblehead doll has the whitest teeth imaginable

A Freddie Freeman bobblehead doll

Freedie Freeman has a set of pristine pearly whites in his mouth, but the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman has been upstaged by his own bobblehead doll in the teeth department.

The Dodgers are holding a Freeman bobblehead giveaway night on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and they have been promoting the event quite a bit lately. Those who have seen the ads for the Freeman bobblehead promotion online or on TV likely noticed something with the doll: it has incredibly white teeth.

Take a look:

Did they paint those teeth with some white out? Goodness.

Even when promoting the bobblehead through an ad during Friday night’s Dodgers-Padres game, Dodgers analyst Orel Hershiser couldn’t help but make note of the white teeth. Freddie himself has gone viral in the past for his perfect teeth. Next up it will be his bobblehead doll’s teeth getting all the attention.

Agent sues Doug Gottlieb over Freddie Freeman report

Freddie Freeman looking ahead

Jun 25, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Freddie Freeman’s former agent is suing a radio host over a report related to Freeman’s offseason departure from the Atlanta Braves.

Agent Casey Close is suing FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb over Gottlieb’s report that Close never informed Freeman of the Braves’ final contract offer. Close is suing for libel and claiming that Gottlieb defamed him and his agency, Excel Sports Management, by making that claim.

Close had strongly denied Gottlieb’s report and threatened legal action in late June when the claim initially came out. The fact that he is apparently following through suggests he believes he can prove that Gottlieb’s claim was false.

Gottlieb essentially claimed that Close did not act in Freeman’s best interests by concealing an offer that Freeman would have taken. That is a pretty big claim and could certainly lead some potential clients to avoid Close’s representation if true, so Close will want to clear his name here.

Derek Jeter defends Freddie Freeman’s former agent after firing

Derek Jeter smiling

Oct 3, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter addresses the media at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Jeter came to the defense of agent Casey Close amid the controversy surrounding Close and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman.

On Wednesday, FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb tweeted that Close knowingly refused to share information regarding the Atlanta Braves’ final offer to Freddie Freeman because the agent knew that Freeman would have accepted the deal. Close, who was fired by Freeman, denied Gottlieb’s report in a statement Wednesday. Close said that his agency, Excel Sports Management, was “evaluating all legal options” to address the “inaccurate information.”

Jeter was represented by Close throughout his playing career. He issued a statement of support Thursday for Close via Twitter. The 48-year-old mentioned the trust he’s had in Close for the last three decades.

“I have known Casey since I was 18,” Jeter wrote. “Over the last 30 years, we have had our share of differences of opinion, but to this day, he remains a trusted advisor and friend. He is a man who values morals, integrity and above all else honesty and transparency.”

Jeter quote-tweeted a statement from Close via Excel Sports Management that was released Thursday. In the statement, Close said that the Braves “have fostered a narrative about the negotiations” that are false.

After Freeman’s representatives reportedly gave Atlanta what the first baseman viewed as an ultimatum, the Braves traded for Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson, whom they signed to an eight-year extension. Freeman then signed a six-year, $162 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Freeman appears to have some regrets about signing with the Dodgers. It will be interesting to see if any other notable clients or former clients of Close come to his defense.

Ex-Freddie Freeman agent responds to reported reason for firing

Freddie Freeman looking ahead

Jun 25, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Excel Sports Management agent Casey Close responded Wednesday to a report detailing the apparent reason behind Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman’s decision to part ways with Close and the agency.

On Wednesday, FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb tweeted that Freeman fired his now-former agents because Close didn’t let Freeman know about the Braves’ final offer during free agency this past offseason. According to Gottlieb, Close knowingly refused to share this information because the agent knew that Freeman would have accepted the deal.

Close issued a strong response to Gottlieb’s claim via Excel Sports Management’s Twitter account.

“Doug Gottlieb tweeted a wholly inaccurate characterization of our negotiations with the Atlanta Braves on behalf of Freddie Freeman,” the statement read. “We are immediately evaluating all legal options to address the reckless publication of inaccurate information.”

Freeman’s representatives reportedly gave Atlanta what the first baseman viewed as an ultimatum. The Braves responded by trading for Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson and signing Olson to an eight-year extension. With a return to the Braves off the table at that point, Freeman pivoted and signed a six-year, $162 million deal with the Dodgers.

Freeman was very emotional upon returning to Atlanta for the first time as a Dodger this past weekend, leaving some room to wonder if the former MVP regretted not re-signing with Atlanta.

Like one Dodgers ace, the team is likely ready to move on from this issue. But if Close’s reported actions are proven to be accurate, that may not be easy to do.

Reason Freddie Freeman fired agents reportedly revealed

Freddie Freeman in a Dodgers uniform

Apr 5, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) reacts after scoring in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman on Tuesday fired the agents who handled his free agency negotiations, and now we may have an idea as to why he did so.

Freeman signed with the Dodgers after failing to come to an agreement with the Atlanta Braves, his former team. Over the weekend, Freeman and the Dodgers went to Atlanta for the first time this season, and the five-time All-Star was clearly emotional about his return.

On Wednesday, FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb tweeted that Freeman parted ways with his now former agency, Excel Sports Management, because one of his agents, Casey Close, never told Freeman about Atlanta’s final free-agent offer. Gottlieb also said that Close knew that Freeman would have accepted the offer.

“Casey Close never told Freddie Freeman about the Braves final offer, that is why Freeman fired him,” Gottlieb wrote. “He found out in Atlanta this weekend. It isn’t that rare to have happen in MLB, but it happened – Close knew Freddie would have taken the ATL deal.”

If this report is accurate, it could explain Freeman’s emotions throughout the weekend that seemed to indicate some remorse about leaving the team with whom he spent the first 12 years of his career. After Freeman’s representatives gave Atlanta what the first baseman felt was an ultimatum, the Braves responded by trading for Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson and signing Olson to an eight-year extension. That officially shut the door on Freeman’s return. The 32-year-old wound up signing a six-year deal with the Dodgers.

In 1,565 games with the Braves, Freeman had 1,704 hits, 271 home runs and won an MVP award. Entering Wednesday, Freeman was hitting .306 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in his first 288 at-bats with the Dodgers.

Did Freddie Freeman admit to making big mistake?

Freddie Freeman in a Dodgers uniform

Apr 5, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) reacts after scoring in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Freddie Freeman has made a major move that indicates he feels he made a huge mistake.

Freeman signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the offseason after negotiations failed with his former team, the Atlanta Braves. Over the weekend, Freeman visited Atlanta for the first time since signing with the Dodgers. He received a warm reception from Braves fans and was completely emotional.

It seemed pretty evident that Freeman regretted ever leaving the only team for whom he had ever played.

As if those feelings weren’t clear enough, Freeman’s actions announced on Tuesday seemed to hammer home the point.

The first baseman has fired his agents — the ones who handled his free agency.

Freeman issued a statement saying he is “working through some issues” with his agents.

Freeman/Freeman’s agents overplayed their hand with Atlanta. They gave the Braves what Freeman felt was an ultimatum. Atlanta responded by acquiring Matt Olson in a trade with Oakland and signing the former A’s first baseman to a big contract extension.

Not long after that, Freeman signed a 6-year, $162 million deal with the rival Dodgers.

Freeman is batting .304 with an .876 OPS this season and performing well for the Dodgers. But he appears to have regret that his agents botched his return to Atlanta. Freeman was drafted by the Braves out of high school in 2007 and spent his entire career with them until this season.

Freeman’s latest move might not go over too well with one Dodgers player.