first_img1. Manny Ramirez 1.2372. David Freese 1.175Postseason OPS, all-time (min. 200 PA):1. Albert Pujols 1.0302. Carlos Beltran 1.02110. David Freese .919Single-season Brooklyn/LA OPS off the bench, all-time (min. 50 PA):1. David Freese 2019 1.207 Single-season OPS off the bench, all-time (min. 50 PA)1. Joe Cronin 1943 1.40110. David Freese 2019 1.207Andre Ethier spent enough time in a Dodger uniform for the nickname “Captain Clutch” to stick. Freese did not, but he was more deserving of the moniker. There aren’t many players in baseball history who came through more often in “clutch” situations ― late in games, late in seasons ― than David Freese. Many were Hall of Fame-caliber hitters.Unlike Pujols and Ramirez, to name two, Freese went out on top. Freese slashed .328/.421/.607 in 98 regular-season games as a Dodger. He went 12 for 30 with two home runs and six RBIs (.400/.441/.733) in 18 postseason games. A Dodger team consisting entirely of David Freeses would not have been able to pitch or field well enough to win a World Series. But consarn it, would they have hit the ball better!Freese’s time in Los Angeles is more than the sum of his clutch hits. For Freese to earn a spot on this list, I had to include his hilariously self-deprecating postgame interviews on SportsNet LA. (If you haven’t watched his hilariously self-deprecating postgame interviews, do yourself a favor and set aside two minutes of your day.)Freese will be remembered primarily as a St. Louis Cardinal. He twice rescued them from the jaws of defeat in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. Yet Freese participated in another 11 postseason series from that point on ― four with the Dodgers ― hitting five home runs and driving in 15. Our brains are wired to remember pain more powerfully than elation. When we remember the 2018-19 Dodgers postseasons, Freese will not be the first, second or third thing that comes to mind. One of the most clutch hitters in franchise history deserves better.-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.The 50 Greatest Dodgers of the 2010s: #50, Pat VenditteThe 50 Greatest Dodgers of the 2010s: #48, Nick PuntoI could see it was a rough cut TuesdayBest of the best ― Cody Bellinger (MVP) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (Cy Young) were among the top three vote-getters for their respective awards.One more shot ― Steve Garvey and Tommy John will be up for Hall of Fame induction in December.Now we’re talking ― “The notion of paying him $40 million a year for five years is realistic,” ESPN’s Jeff Passan writes of Anthony Rendon.Show them the money ― Ten players received qualifying offers Monday. None of them were Dodgers.Robot umps, now (not forever) ― MLB experimented with a computer-generated strike zone in the Arizona Fall League. The result: “Hitters … were getting rung up on pitches catchers were scooping out of the dirt as well as ones that crossed somewhere near the middle of a hitter’s chest.” Editor’s note: This is the Nov. 5, 2019 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To get the rest of the countdown and the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.This is really hard to do in the moment, but I sometimes wonder how we’ll look back on the late-2010s Dodgers. Call it the “post-peak Kershaw, pre-peak Bellinger/Buehler years.” Were the Dodgers’ back-to-back World Series losses a case of a team at its peak, falling short of its potential? Or is the peak yet to come? In the moment, we’re left with the reasons the Dodgers almost won a championship, and the reasons they fell short.David Freese should be remembered as one of the reasons the Dodgers almost won a championship. He stepped seamlessly into the veteran-leader-by-example position that went vacant when Chase Utley was left off the 2018 postseason roster. How’s this for an example:Brooklyn/LA postseason OPS, all-time (min. 30 PA):center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img