Just days after the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Washington Nationals in the 2019 NLDS; infielder David Freese has announced his retirement. Freese played in eleven seasons in the MLB for the Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals. Most notably, Freese was a part of the 2011 Cardinals World Series team, taking home the 2011 NLCS MVP award and the 2011 World Series MVP award as well.
— David Freese (@david23freese) October 12, 2019
Drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2009, Freese did not play for them and would begin his MLB career in 2009 after making his debut for the Cardinals. Throughout eleven seasons, Freese managed a career .277/.351/.423 slash line with 113 career home runs and 535 career RBI. In 2019 with the Dodgers, Freese hit .315/.403/.399 with eleven home runs and twenty-nine RBI. Throughout his career, Freese was a valuable asset to teams for postseason play.
Freese had that gene that allowed him to be clutch in the postseason; he was able to show that prowess most notably with the Cardinals. The Angels did not get the best of Freese in the 2014 postseason, but the Dodgers also got some excellent postseason use throughout his tenure with the Dodgers. But Freese’s eleven-year career has come to an end, and it is time for him to hang them up. Freese is not the only player to retire after his team is eliminated in the 2019 postseason, Brian McCann also has hung up the spikes after the Braves lost to the Cardinals.