Braves’ Freddie Freeman defeats Mookie Betts and Manny Machado for NL MVP award

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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman easily won the NL MVP award on Thursday, capping a trying year that has seen him become so ill with COVID-19 that he begged “please don’t don’t take me. “Freeman got 28 of the first 30 ballots from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts got the other two firsts to finish second and San Diego third baseman Manny Machado, third.

In a pandemic-affected Spring World Series training season, perhaps it was fitting that the last major prize of the year went to someone infected with the virus.

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