Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for September. Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and sponsor for 24 of 30 MLB clubs, is also the presenting sponsor of the American League Player of the Month Award.
In 25 September contests, Freeman led qualifying Major Leaguers with a .486 on-base percentage, while posting the NL's best slugging percentage (.681). The two-time All-Star hit .385 (35-for-91) during the season's final full calendar month, which was tied with Cincinnati's Joey Votto for the NL's top mark. Freeman also ranked among League leaders with 22 RBI (T-2nd), nine doubles (T-2nd), 22 runs scored (T-3rd), 68 total bases (5th) and six home runs (T-9th).
The California native capped his stellar 2016 campaign with a 30-game hitting streak from August 24th- September 28th, batting .384 (43-for-112) with seven home runs and 27 RBI in that time. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked just the ninth time in Major League history that a player has notched a 30-game hitting streak during a season in which he hit 30-or-more home runs. Freeman finished the year with a career-best 34 homers and also set career highs in on-base percentage (.400) and slugging percentage (.596). This is the first career NL Player of the Month Award for the 27-year-old slugger. He was voted NL Rookie of the Month for July 2011.
Other players receiving votes included Cincinnati's Joey Votto (.385, 17 R, 7 HR, 16 RBI, .654 SLG, .454 OBP); Washington's Trea Turner (.330, 17 R, 7 HR, 16 RBI, 13 SB, .591 SLG. .358 OBP); San Diego's Matt Kemp (.337, 22 R, 34 H, 9 HR, 22 RBI, .673 SLG, .384 OBP); Milwaukee's Chris Carter (.233, 17 R, 21 H, 10 HR, 22 RBI, .589 SLG); and Colorado's DJ LeMahieu (.363, 15 R, 33 H, HR, 13 RBI, .462 SLG, .406 OBP), the 2016 Tony Gwynn National League Batting Champion.
The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for September 2016, Freddie Freeman, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment.