Freddie Freeman had one of the more impressive walks you’ll see at the MLB level in a recent outing against the Giants. The Dodgers star saw 15 pitches before earning that base on balls, landing an RBI in the process.
The at-bat has now gone viral on social media, leading to a large response from baseball fans.
With the Dodgers and Giants tied 3-3 in the sixth inning Wednesday night, Freeman stepped up to the dish with the bases juiced. He’d then see more than a dozen pitches from lefty Taylor Rogers before giving Los Angeles the lead.
The at-bat started with a pair of balls before the real action began. Freeman would foul off 11 of the next 13 pitches before being issued his walk. More impressively, he fouled off nine straight deliveries from his opponent after getting the count to 3-2.
Finally, the madness ended with Rogers’ fourth ball of the plate appearance.
All 15 pitches from Freddie Freeman’s at bat that lasted 5 minutes and 40 seconds
It included NINE STRAIGHT foul balls and 11 total pic.twitter.com/oA9jk1PLhj
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) April 13, 2023
The appearance lasted nearly six minutes, and that’s with the new pitch clock. Fans online fear that another rule change could be on its way as the MLB continues to look at speeding up the game.
Someone said, “This is Rob Manfred’s worst nightmare,” while this person joked, “Make foul balls illegal.”
This fan posted, “Manfred will introduce a swing limit next.”
Not everyone was stuck on the negative, though.
This person wrote, “At bat of the year,” while another commented, “It changed the momentum of that game.”
The frustrating duel resulted in the pitcher’s fourth consecutive walk, and not surprisingly, Freddie Freeman would be his final batter of the night.
When all was said and done, the Dodgers took a 4-3 lead on the free pass on their way to five runs in the inning. Los Angeles would go on to beat their division rival, 10-5, to clinch the series.