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Though the Braves have showed glimpses this season of what their fully rebuilt product might look like, the only consistently compelling reason for fans to watch has been the stellar play of first baseman Freddie Freeman, who enters play Thursday leading the NL in Mookie Betts Cool Base Gray Jersey home runs and right in the thick of the early MVP conversation.But he also enters play Thursday on the disabled list out an estimated 10 weekswith a broken wristsuffered late in Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays when he was hit by a pitch.It is, quite obviously,a big blow.Although the Braves weren't likely to be a playoff contender this season even with Freeman in the lineup, thelo s is a gut-punchfor a teamon the rise and trying to fill a new stadium every night. Having a marquee player out of action for two months certainly hurts in terms of getting fans Mookie Betts Jerseys fired up, especially when that marquee player was having such an outstanding season.But in that regard,the Braves and their fans shouldn't lose all hope.There's precedent that says their superstar slugger can still end the season with the type of MVP numbers that put butts in the seats, despite him mi sing significant time.That precedent isGeorge Brett's 1980season.MORE: The 20 worst MVP picks of all timeVarious injuries caused the future Hall of Fame Royals sluggerto mi s45 games that season including a full month from mid-June to mid-July meaning heplayed in just 117 contests and compiled just 515 plate appearances. That's right around what Freeman's totals would beif he returns from the DL close to on schedule and avoids further injury.In Brett's case, you might recall that 1980 was the year he flirted with a .400 average, finishing the season at .390. But average wasn't his only play that year.Brettalso led the league in on-base percentage (.454), slugging percentage (.664), OPS (1.118) and OPS+ (203). He also clubbed 24 homers and Jackie Bradley Jr. Jersey drove in 118 runs, despite his lengthy absence from the Royals' lineup.Though theprecedent doesn't nece sarily represent anapples-to-apples comparison, it should at least give Braves fans hope that Freeman will be able to maintain his elite pace upon his return the way Brett did 37 years ago. Through Wednesday's game, Freeman had a slash line of .341/.461/.748 to go along with those 14 homers. His early season succe s had themakings of a career year, which makes the injury not only ill-timed but downright illne s-inducing for Braves fans.But perhaps Brett's example can provide some solaceas the Braves try probably futilely to replace his bat in the lineup.MORE: The 11 worst MVP snubs in baseball historyOf course, this isn't to say Freeman is the next Brett (he's not, if you compare their first six full seasons Andrew Benintendi Jersey ). It's just to point out that all might not be lost for him in 2017, a suming the healing and recovery go as planned.But justfor the record,there are similarities between Freeman and Brett, and they aren't insignificant. Freeman gets on base a lot and hits for average, just like Brett. Freeman hits for power and drives in runs, just like Brett. Freeman can just as well beat you with a single or a double as with a 420-foot home run, just like Brett. Freeman can drive balls the other way, just like Brett. Freeman's made multiple All-Star teams early in Sox Stars And Stripes Cool Base Jersey hiscareer, just like Brett.Similar players, if not similar numbers. At least not yet. A similar recovery from serious injury? That remains to be seen.But, Braves fans, at least there's hope.

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