Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman has been named the National League Player of the Month for May according to boxscorenews.com on Sunday. The six-time All-Star who represents Canada internationally because of his family heritage batted .400 with 46 hits, six home runs, 26 runs batted in, 17 doubles, one triple, 28 runs scored, four stolen bases, an on base percentage of .462 and a slugging percentage of .722 in 28 games.
Freeman’s 17 doubles set a Dodgers franchise record for most doubles in a single month according to Noah Camras of Inside the Dodgers, which was published by The Charlotte Observer. The previous Dodgers record for most doubles in a month belonged to Babe Herman in July of 1930. The Major League record for most doubles in May belongs to Paul Waner, who had 20 doubles with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1932.
Freeman also set the Dodgers franchise record for most extra base hits in a month with 24. Herman had 23 extra base hits in July of 1930, and Duke Snider had 23 extra base hits in June of 1954.
This was the second straight month that a player with a Canadian connection was honoured with the player of the month award. For the month of April, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman was named the American League Player of the Month.
The Dodgers are tied for first place in the National League West with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Both teams are at 35 wins and 25 losses.