March 1, 2021

Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman delayed for camp after sons arrive (ESPN)


National League MVP Freddie Freeman won’t report with the Atlanta Braves‘ position players on Tuesday following the arrival of his sons.

Manager Brian Snitker said Monday he supports Freeman arriving later in the week.

Freeman and his wife, Chelsea, on Sunday used their Twitter accounts to announce the additions to their family by posting “Officially a family of five.” Their first son, Charlie, was born in 2016. The Freemans on Monday told ESPN’s Buster Olney that Brandon John was born Dec. 30 and Maximus Turner was born on Valentine’s Day, via surrogate.

Due to coronavirus protocols in place at all Major League Baseball spring training sites, including the Braves’ facility in North Port, Florida, Snitker said Freeman will have to spend “a couple days” away from his teammates after reporting. Other position players already have had their intake testing so they’ll be cleared for the first full-squad workout on Tuesday.

Even so, Snitker said it was “no big deal at all” for Freeman to arrive later in the week.

“Actually, I’ll be honest with you, he doesn’t need to be here,” Snitker said. “I’m kind…

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