Freddy Freeman’s ‘disproportionate’ comments

When Acuña was asked on Thursday afternoon about his comments, he said through translator Franco Garcia: “Frankly, I think the media has exaggerated and exaggerated. We only talked about some things that happened during the 2018 season, and I think they were just exaggerated.”

Did Acuña and Freeman have a conflict between them?

“Not really,” said the defensive player. “But that’s all in the past, isn’t it? This is something that happened a long time ago, and we all got over it, and you got over it. Instead of talking about world champions, we’re here talking about these things.”

“No. If there is, it’s between those two,” Braves coach Brian Snicker said when asked if he was aware of any conflict between the two players.

When asked if he regretted saying he wouldn’t miss Freeman, Acuña said, “How could I miss anyone if he signed for another team?” He said their relationship was “completely normal” after the incident.

“Again, one incident was exaggerated,” he said. “The only thing I mentioned during that interview was what happened there, but after that, we had a completely normal relationship as team members.”

The ball player said that Freeman was not arrogant and did not control him. “He lived his life, and I lived mine,” Acuña said.

Overall, Acuña said he doesn’t regret anything simply because he answered a question, and “he’s totally lost his volume.”

Acuña’s agent, Peter Greenberg of Rep 1 Baseball, declined to comment when contacted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday morning.

At 12:50 a.m. Thursday, responding to a tweet about some of his Instagram Live comments – Acuña wrote in capital letters: “I never said that.”

In 2018, Acuña won the National League Rookie of the Year after scoring 0.917 on base as well as the slowdown percentage and hitting 26 home runs.

In March, Freeman signed a six-year, $162 contract with the Dodgers. For the first time since 2011, the Braves will have a new first captain on opening day.

The Braves offered Freeman a five-year contract worth $140 million, according to a person familiar with the situation, but the two sides have not reached an agreement. The Braves soon pivoted and traded for Matt Olson, signaling Freeman’s departure.

Acuña agreed in 2019 to an eight-year, $100 million contract extension with the Braves and is signed until 2026. He tore up ACL last summer and is expected to be back in the first week of May.

Acuña said the accident happened in the past, and he got over it. He said he is only focused on finishing his recovery and joining the team.

“Again, there’s nothing to say (to Freeman) because I was only referring to an incident that happened in 2018,” Acuña said. “I didn’t respect him, I had no ill intentions towards him, I didn’t tell him anything about it.”

Olson is settling down well

Matt Olson went to The Battery Atlanta to watch football matches on TV, so he knew how to get there from his home.

Thursday went for another reason: opening day.

“It was a little different getting up in my bed, coming here,” he said.

He said he expects his parents, stepmother, step-parents, and some friends to be in Truist Park to watch it Thursday night. He said it would be different to have a unit on hand.

“Obviously not a lot of people were coming to Auckland,” he said. “It would be great.”

Olson appears to have settled in well with his new team.

“The best it can be under those circumstances and that situation,” Snicker said. “He treated it like the person he is and the professional he is. It’s not easy. It wasn’t easy. As I told him, I think he was probably in a good place in his career for this to happen to him. He went in and absorbed it. He was one of the guys As soon as he enters through that door.”

Strider is the team

Right Spencer Strider is on the opening roster for the first time in his career. One of the reasons it’s exciting: He can hit three numbers on the radar gun.

When asked how Strider would take the good news, Snicker said, “I mean, it wasn’t just total. These guys can do the math. When we sit there and cut things out, I know there’s been some big moments. It was a big moment, and I’m sure that The first calls he made — especially during the rapid climb he got last year, to do this in. Like you guys, they start counting the bodies left and all that kind of thing and say, ‘Wow, I might have a chance.’

In 2021, Strider transitioned from Low-A to the majors. Drafted by the Braves in the fourth round of 2020.