Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman refused to say anything negative when asked about the comments his former teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. made. After 12 seasons with the Atlanta Braves - four of which he was a teammate with Acuna - Freeman left Atlanta to join the Dodgers.
In an interview Acuna conducted with Yancen Pujols on Spanish, the Braves outfielder described Freeman as "overbearing" and added he wouldn't miss him. “Obviously I’ve heard everything that was said, but I’m going to miss Ronald, [son] Charlie is going to miss Ronald, and my family is going to miss Ronald,” Freeman said on MLB Tonight, per The Post.
“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 game of baseball. “The talent is going to be something that is talked about for 100-plus years, because those kinds of talents don’t come around in this game”.
Acuna wasn't happy how Freeman treated him during his rookie year
Acuna tried to downplay his comments, saying the translation wasn't correct. However, several Spanish speakers denied Acuna's claims of a mistranslation.
During his interview with Pujols, Acuna appeared to suggest his first frustration with Freeman came during his rookie season. “When you put on a Braves uniform in that organization, there are organizational rules,” Freeman said.
“You don’t cover the A with sunglasses, you don’t wear earrings, you have your hair at a certain length, you wear uniform out for BP, you know, you don’t have eye black coming down across your whole face.
Those are just organizational things. “I guess I was one of the older guys that did have to enforce those kind of things in the clubhouse. But when you put on a Braves uniform that’s just kind of what happens there.
I didn’t view it as any friction or clashes or anything like that. I loved Ronald. I still love Ronald. I’m gonna miss Ronald”.