Dodgers star Freddie Freeman has responded to comments his former Braves star teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. made about him in a Spanish-language video earlier this week.
According to translators, Acuna called Freeman “overbearing” and said he wouldn’t miss him now that he’s in Los Angeles in an interview with Yancen Pujols. Asked about the comments in an interview with “MLB Tonight,” Freeman spoke at length about his former teammate.
“Of course I heard everything that was said, but I will miss Ronald, [son] Charlie will miss Ronald and my family will miss Ronald,” Freeman said. “So that’s my side of it. I love Ronald Acuna and I can’t wait for him to get healthy and get on the field and I think he’s great for the baseball game.
“The talent is going to be something that’s going to be talked about for 100+ years because that kind of talent isn’t showing up in this game.”
Acuna denied making the original comments, but several Spanish speakers, including MLB insider Hector Gomez, refuted his denial.
Regarding the “overbearing” comments, Freeman said he sometimes helped enforce rules but never considered it more than that.
“If you put on a Braves uniform in this organization, there are organizational rules,” Freeman said. “You don’t cover the A with sunglasses, you don’t wear earrings, you have a certain length of hair, you wear a uniform for BP, you know, you don’t have black eyes running all over your face. These are just organizational things.
“I think I was one of the older guys who had to enforce things like that in the clubhouse. But when you put on a Braves uniform, that’s what happens. I didn’t think of it as friction or clashes or anything like that. I loved Ronald. I still love Ronald. I will miss Ronald.”
Acuna also responded to the comments at the Braves’ clubhouse on Thursday, the same day Atlanta lost 6-3 to the Reds in their first game of the season. The star outfielder is currently rehabilitating a cruciate ligament rupture he sustained in 2021 and is expected to return a few weeks into the season.
In his comments, Acuna insisted that all of the reported frictions occurred in his 2018 rookie season.
“I think the reporters exaggerated,” Acuna said. “I didn’t say anything bad about Freeman. I talked about what happened in 2018 when I showed up as a rookie. The rest was over the top.”
However, he later said he has no regrets that he doesn’t miss Freeman now that he’s with the Dodgers.
“He signed with another team,” Acuna said. :The reporter]asked me what I would miss about him. What should I miss in someone who is on a different team?”
The Braves hope to defend their 2021 World Series title without Freeman, who signed a mega deal with the Dodgers during the offseason.
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