CODY Jams BELLINGER
Image of Cody Love
Nickname:   Cody Love Position:   1B-OF
Home: N/A Team:   DODGERS
Height: 6' 4" Bats:   L
Weight: 205 Throws:   L
DOB: 7/13/1995 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 35  
Birth City: Chandler, AZ
Draft: Dodgers #4 - 2013 - Out of high school (AZ)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2013 AZL AZL-Dodgers   47 162 25 34 9 6 1 30 3 3 31 46 .340 .358 .210
2014 AZL AZL-Dodgers   5 20 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 .190 .200 .150
2014 PIO OGDEN   46 195 49 64 13 6 3 34 8 0 14 35 .368 .503 .328
2015 CAL RANCHO CUCAMONGA   128 478 97 126 33 4 30 103 10 2 52 150 .336 .538 .264
2016 PCL OKLAHOMA CITY   3 11 5 6 0 0 3 6 0 0 1 0 .583 1.364 .545
2016 TL TULSA   114 399 61 105 17 1 23 65 8 2 59 94 .359 .484 .263
2017 AZL AZL-Dodgers   1 3 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 .250 1.333 .333
2017 AZL GLENDALE   1 3 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 .250 1.333 .333
2017 PCL OKLAHOMA CITY   18 67 15 23 4 0 5 15 7 0 9 22 .429 .627 .343
2017 NL DODGERS $535.00 132 480 87 128 26 4 39 97 10 3 64 146 .352 .581 .267
2018 NL DODGERS $585.00 162 557 84 145 28 7 25 76 14 1 69 151 .343 .470 .260
2019 NL DODGERS $605.00 156 558 121 170 34 3 47 115 15 5 95 108 .406 .629 .305
2020 NL DODGERS $4,259.00 56 213 33 51 10 0 12 30 6 1 30 42 .333 .455 .239
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    "It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> unreal," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Cody. CLASS="highlight"> "Back CLASS="highlight"> then, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> realize CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> lucky CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Jorge CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Jeter CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Mussina CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Pettitte, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> crazy. CLASS="highlight"> Then CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> friends."

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  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2007, CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Little CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> World CLASS="highlight"> Series. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> father CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> coach.

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  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2013, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> drafted CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> (see CLASS="highlight"> Transactions CLASS="highlight"> below). CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2014,Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 14th-best CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> organization. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> #20 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winter CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> camps CLASS="highlight"> opened. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2017, CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> #1 CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> organization.

  • After CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2016 CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> productive CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Arizona CLASS="highlight"> Fall CLASS="highlight"> League, CLASS="highlight"> posting CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> slash CLASS="highlight"> line CLASS="highlight"> of .314/.424/.557, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 70 CLASS="highlight"> at-bats CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 14 CLASS="highlight"> walks.

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 30, CLASS="highlight"> 2017: CLASS="highlight"> This CLASS="highlight"> series CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Petco CLASS="highlight"> Park CLASS="highlight"> officially CLASS="highlight"> marks CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> start CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> rivalry. CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> Cole CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger, CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> slugging CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> baseman CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger, CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Padres CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> $350,000. CLASS="highlight"> As CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 15th-round CLASS="highlight"> draft CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Hamilton CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Chandler, CLASS="highlight"> Ariz., CLASS="highlight"> Cole CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> until CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> taking CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> rivalry CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> himself. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> Cody's CLASS="highlight"> mind CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> already CLASS="highlight"> drifted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> possibility CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> facing CLASS="highlight"> Cole, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> righthanded CLASS="highlight"> pitcher, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Majors.

    "That CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> [baseball] CLASS="highlight"> moment, CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> here," CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "To CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> us CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> cool." With CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> four-year CLASS="highlight"> age CLASS="highlight"> gap, CLASS="highlight"> Cole CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> squared CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> once CLASS="highlight"> before—in CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> alumni CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Hamilton. CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> singled.

    He CLASS="highlight"> joked CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> he'd CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> provide CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> accurate CLASS="highlight"> scouting CLASS="highlight"> report, CLASS="highlight"> given CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> seen CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Cole CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> past CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> years.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> extremely CLASS="highlight"> intelligent CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> pitches, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> stuff," CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "So CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> excited CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> learn CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> professional CLASS="highlight"> coaches."

    Cody CLASS="highlight"> learned CLASS="highlight"> he'd CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> invited CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> participate CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> T-Mobile CLASS="highlight"> Home CLASS="highlight"> Run CLASS="highlight"> Derby CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> July CLASS="highlight"> 10 CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Marlins CLASS="highlight"> Park. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> waiting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> learn CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> father, CLASS="highlight"> Clay, CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> pitch CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> commits. CLASS="highlight"> Clay CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> parts CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> seasons CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yankees CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Angels. Cody, CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> course, CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> tear CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> callup CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> April. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> leading CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 24 CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> fifth CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .993 CLASS="highlight"> OPS.

    "As CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> past CLASS="highlight"> couple CLASS="highlight"> years, CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Majors, CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> definitely CLASS="highlight"> helped CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> realize CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do," CLASS="highlight"> Cole CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com. CLASS="highlight"> "He's CLASS="highlight"> talked CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> cool CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> is, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> takes. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> hopefully CLASS="highlight"> guided CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> path."

    Cole, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> previously CLASS="highlight"> committed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Grand CLASS="highlight"> Canyon CLASS="highlight"> University, CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Padres CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> already CLASS="highlight"> begun CLASS="highlight"> working CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team's CLASS="highlight"> complex CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Arizona.

    It's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> step CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> professional CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> toward CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> matchup CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> West CLASS="highlight"> rivalry CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight"> "He's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> few CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> away," CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "But CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> special." CLASS="highlight"> (AJ CLASS="highlight"> Cassavell CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> July CLASS="highlight"> 1, CLASS="highlight"> 2017)

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 2017: CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> represented CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> game. He’s CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> major CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> history CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> reach CLASS="highlight"> 24 CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 57 CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> games. CLASS="highlight"> He’s CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> multi-homer CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 45 CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> games. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> added CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> team. CLASS="highlight"> He’s CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> Dodger CLASS="highlight"> position CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Majors.

  • Throw CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> accolades CLASS="highlight"> away—the CLASS="highlight"> Little CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> World CLASS="highlight"> Series CLASS="highlight"> run, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> scouts, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> stardom CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> friends CLASS="highlight"> thought CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> inevitable—and CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> 17-year-old CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> senior CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Each CLASS="highlight"> half CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Hamilton CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Chandler, CLASS="highlight"> Arizona, CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> friends CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> feast CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> burritos CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Los CLASS="highlight"> Favoritos CLASS="highlight"> Taco CLASS="highlight"> Shop, CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> follow CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> typical CLASS="highlight"> afternoon CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> trash CLASS="highlight"> talk, CLASS="highlight"> talking CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> future CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> old CLASS="highlight"> video CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> tournament.

    Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> friends' CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> choice? CLASS="highlight"> FIFA. CLASS="highlight"> Through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> soccer CLASS="highlight"> game, CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger—who CLASS="highlight"> isn't CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> talk CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> flash CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> smile CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> diamond—transformed CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Michael CLASS="highlight"> Jordan-level CLASS="highlight"> trash CLASS="highlight"> talker. "Cody's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> type CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> talk CLASS="highlight"> [smack] CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> though CLASS="highlight"> they're CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> goals," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Cole CLASS="highlight"> Luke, CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger's CLASS="highlight"> friend. CLASS="highlight"> "He's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> joke CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> you, CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> super CLASS="highlight"> sarcastic. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> score CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> goal, CLASS="highlight"> he'll CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> 'Oh CLASS="highlight"> yeah, CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> goal?' CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is."

    "I CLASS="highlight"> use CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> advantage," CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> added. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> use CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> advantage. CLASS="highlight"> I'll CLASS="highlight"> talk CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> smack. CLASS="highlight"> We've CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> been, CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> kid, CLASS="highlight"> super-competitive."

    Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> friends, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> collection CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> athletes CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Hamilton's CLASS="highlight"> sterling CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> football CLASS="highlight"> programs, CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> discuss CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> future. CLASS="highlight"> "When CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> it," CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> conversation CLASS="highlight"> began, CLASS="highlight"> aimed CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> athlete CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> time. CLASS="highlight"> Each CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> end CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> result—once CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> year, CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> year, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> group CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> together CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> week CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> beach CLASS="highlight"> house CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Bahamas CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> reflect CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> past.

    Each CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> taken CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> path. CLASS="highlight"> Luke CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> currently CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> rookie CLASS="highlight"> defensive CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Carolina CLASS="highlight"> Panthers. CLASS="highlight"> Connor CLASS="highlight"> Woods, CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger's CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Little CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> World CLASS="highlight"> Series, CLASS="highlight"> studied CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> become CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> teacher. CLASS="highlight"> Another CLASS="highlight"> friend CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> looking CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> law CLASS="highlight"> school. CLASS="highlight"> None CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> projected CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> immediate CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> sudden CLASS="highlight"> rise CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> homered CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> once CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Hamilton CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> senior CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> ball CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> rate CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> compares CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> rookies CLASS="highlight"> ever. CLASS="highlight">  "It's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> crazy CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> actually CLASS="highlight"> happening CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> him," CLASS="highlight"> Luke CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "It CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> hasn't CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> me. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> remember CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> week CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> notification CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> phone, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> did. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">"

    Cody's CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> friends CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> talk CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> future, CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> without CLASS="highlight"> having CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> burritos CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> bond CLASS="highlight"> them. CLASS="highlight"> Group CLASS="highlight"> texts CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> chance CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> relive CLASS="highlight"> old CLASS="highlight"> memories, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> humble CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball's CLASS="highlight"> new CLASS="highlight"> stars CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> necessary. CLASS="highlight"> "We'll CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> tell CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> sucks CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> face, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> mean?" CLASS="highlight"> Luke CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "Just CLASS="highlight"> joking CLASS="highlight"> around, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> group CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> around."

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  • Oct CLASS="highlight"> 25, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger’s CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> comprised CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> distinct CLASS="highlight"> stages.

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  • 2020 CLASS="highlight"> Outlook

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  • 2019: CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> already CLASS="highlight"> ranks CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> 20 CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> homers CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> player’s CLASS="highlight"> age-23 CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 26th CLASS="highlight"> position CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> produce CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> 8.0-WAR CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> young.

  • Nov. CLASS="highlight"> 14, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> MVP. Gold CLASS="highlight"> Glove, CLASS="highlight"> check. CLASS="highlight"> Silver CLASS="highlight"> Slugger, CLASS="highlight"> check. CLASS="highlight"> MVP, CLASS="highlight"> check.

    Cody CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> completed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Triple CLASS="highlight"> Crown CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> Dodger, CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Most CLASS="highlight"> Valuable CLASS="highlight"> Player, CLASS="highlight"> becoming CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> Dodger CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> awards CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> defensive CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> hitter CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> position.

    Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> wins CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 14th CLASS="highlight"> MVP CLASS="highlight"> Award CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> Clayton CLASS="highlight"> Kershaw CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2014, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> Kirk CLASS="highlight"> Gibson CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 1988 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sixth CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Los CLASS="highlight"> Angeles CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> history. CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> won CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> award CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> defending CLASS="highlight"> MVP CLASS="highlight"> Christian CLASS="highlight"> Yelich CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> World CLASS="highlight"> Series CLASS="highlight"> hero CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> Rendon. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> received CLASS="highlight"> 19 CLASS="highlight"> first-place CLASS="highlight"> votes CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 1 CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> 2 CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> 29 CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 30 CLASS="highlight"> ballots.

    “It’s CLASS="highlight"> absolutely CLASS="highlight"> incredible,” CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> misty-eyed CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> appearing CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Network’s CLASS="highlight"> broadcast CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> live CLASS="highlight"> feed, CLASS="highlight"> surrounded CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> friends. CLASS="highlight"> “It’s CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> cool CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> friends CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> here. CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> emotional. CLASS="highlight"> It’s CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> cool. CLASS="highlight"> It’s CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> dream CLASS="highlight"> of, CLASS="highlight"> man, CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> sure.” CLASS="highlight"> (K CLASS="highlight"> Gurnick CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> S CLASS="highlight"> Wexler CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Nov CLASS="highlight"> 14, CLASS="highlight"> 2019)

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  • May CLASS="highlight"> 10, CLASS="highlight"> 2020: CLASS="highlight"> ESPN CLASS="highlight"> producer CLASS="highlight"> Patrick CLASS="highlight"> Truby CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Twitter: CLASS="highlight"> Who CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> “coolest” CLASS="highlight"> person CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> baseball? CLASS="highlight"> That’s CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sort CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> question CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> sad CLASS="highlight"> days CLASS="highlight"> without CLASS="highlight"> live CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> gets CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> engines CLASS="highlight"> motoring CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> here. CLASS="highlight"> That’ll CLASS="highlight"> continue CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> fill CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> days.

    So, CLASS="highlight"> today, CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodger CLASS="highlight"> “coolest” CLASS="highlight"> player. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> is, CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> course, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> vague CLASS="highlight"> concept, CLASS="highlight"> “cooler,” CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> we’ll CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> definition CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> it: CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> 8-year-old CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> pretending CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> favorite CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> favorite CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> diamond, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> pretending CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be? CLASS="highlight"> That’s CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> we’ll CLASS="highlight"> define CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> here CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> picks.

    Dodgers: CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger, CLASS="highlight"> OF/1B CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> More CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> choose CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> might CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> old-school CLASS="highlight"> franchise CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> this, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger’s CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> difficult CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> here. CLASS="highlight"> Gets CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> edge CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> Mookie CLASS="highlight"> Betts CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> Betts CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> yet CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Los CLASS="highlight"> Angeles. CLASS="highlight"> (Will CLASS="highlight"> Leitch)

  • Cody’s CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> debut

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    MLB.com’s CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> expert CLASS="highlight"> Jim CLASS="highlight"> Callis CLASS="highlight"> shared CLASS="highlight"> this: CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> power-hitting CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> baseball.”

    And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> added: CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> can’t CLASS="highlight"> remember CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> hearing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> baseman CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> Leagues CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> talked CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> defensively.”

    Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> tool CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> tool CLASS="highlight"> belt CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> versatility.

    Besides CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> base, CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> 64 CLASS="highlight"> minor CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> outfield CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> spread CLASS="highlight"> across CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> positions. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 

    The CLASS="highlight"> Callup

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    The CLASS="highlight"> Game

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    "It’s CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> imagined CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> I’ll CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> it,” CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> SportsNet CLASS="highlight"> LA’s CLASS="highlight"> Rizzo CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers’ CLASS="highlight"> 2–1 CLASS="highlight"> win.

     

  • CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

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  • Nov. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 4, CLASS="highlight"> 2020: CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> fans CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> purchase CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> new CLASS="highlight"> Assassin's CLASS="highlight"> Creed CLASS="highlight"> video CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> may CLASS="highlight"> notice CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> familiar CLASS="highlight"> swing CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Viking CLASS="highlight"> characters.

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    The CLASS="highlight"> center CLASS="highlight"> fielder CLASS="highlight"> apparently CLASS="highlight"> worked CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> designers CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Ubisoft CLASS="highlight"> earlier CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> year, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> production CLASS="highlight"> company CLASS="highlight"> using CLASS="highlight"> motion CLASS="highlight"> capture CLASS="highlight"> tools CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> record CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger's CLASS="highlight"> swing.

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    TRANSACTIONS

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 2013: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fourth CLASS="highlight"> round, CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Hamilton CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Chandler, CLASS="highlight"> Arizona. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> week CLASS="highlight"> later CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> $700,000, CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> higher CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> assigned CLASS="highlight"> $409,000 CLASS="highlight"> value CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 124 CLASS="highlight"> slot. CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> Dustin CLASS="highlight"> Yount. CLASS="highlight"> (Editor's CLASS="highlight"> note: CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> 2014, CLASS="highlight"> Yount CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> Arizona CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> outfielder, CLASS="highlight"> Alex CLASS="highlight"> Verdugo. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">)

  • Jan CLASS="highlight"> 10, CLASS="highlight"> 2020: CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> rewarded CLASS="highlight"> financially CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> MVP CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 2020 CLASS="highlight"> contract CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> $11.5 CLASS="highlight"> million, CLASS="highlight"> setting CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> salary CLASS="highlight"> record CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> arbitration CLASS="highlight"> eligibility. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> broke CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> previous CLASS="highlight"> first-year CLASS="highlight"> arbitration-eligible CLASS="highlight"> record, CLASS="highlight"> set CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cubs’ CLASS="highlight"> Kris CLASS="highlight"> Bryant CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2018 CLASS="highlight"> ($10. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">8 CLASS="highlight"> million). CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> (In CLASS="highlight"> 2019, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> renewed CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger’s CLASS="highlight"> salary CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> $605,000, CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> lacked CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> service CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> qualify CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> arbitration.)

Batting
  • Bellinger has a sweet, smooth, balanced lefthanded swing. There is going to be power that shows up more and more as he matures as a hitter. And he is a dynamic all-around player on both sides of the ball.

    He has a 55 grade for his hit tool, and 60 power at present (70 future power).

    He can backspin the ball. He has grown into 25-30 per year home run power, which is very good for a first baseman. Cody uses his lower half well, generating nice leverage in his lefthanded swing, along with good bat speed. He has impressive hand-eye coordination and a solid feel for the strike zone. Cody hangs in well vs. lefthanded pitchers.

    He's a line-drive hitter for frequent contact who likes to pull the ball for massive home runs. But he can use the whole field when he stays compact. He knows that a line-drive/gap approach is his best game. He has good hands.

  • Cody has natural timing and puts together solid at-bats with very good pitch recognition and a patient approach enable him to draw walks at a high rate. He loads well and has natural timing.

  • Bellinger has potential to hit for power, as he gets stronger. His thin, quick-twitch frame is filling out. He drives the ball to the gaps, and some of those will leave the yard in a couple of years.

    Cody certainly swings the bat with authority, but is more of a low-ball hitter who could struggle with good velocity at higher levels. He needs to lower his strikeout rate by dialing things down with two strikes. In 2015, coaches worked with him to try to tone down his effort level at the plate,

    He made an adjustment in 2015 to load his hands to create better torque instead of relying more on his body in his swing. That change increased his power production, but also created a more uphill swing plane, leaving him with a bigger strikeout rate. Toward the end of 2015, Bellinger condensed his hand trigger slightly and became more studious of opposing pitchers and his own strengths and weaknesses, which allowed him to cut his strikeout rate. Those changes carried over into 2016, as he lowered his strikeout rate from 27 percent at high Class A in 2015 to 20 percent at Double-A in 2016 without sacrificing his power. (Spring, 2017)

  • Bellinger worked to lower his hands at the plate during the winter before 2016 spring training. That creates more backspin on balls hit to the gap as they traveled a bit farther than before.

    "I know what kind of hitter I am," Bellinger said. "I'm still a line-drive hitter. If the power comes, then great. I still know I have a lot of weight to put on. So if the power isn't completely there this year, I'm going to be fine. I'm going to stick to my line-drive approach and see what happens."  (May, 2016)

  • Dodgers minor league hitting coordinator Damon Mashore helped Cody's upper half get in sync with his legs and hips.

    "Synching up his body with that swing really produces power," Mashore said. "I just taught him how to create energy with his hands and use his back elbow. We basically call it a running-back elbow, using it to reconnect with his legs to get the most amount of force going linear."

    The action with the elbow, along with a slight lowering of Bellinger's hands work in tandem with his already excellent base to create an acceleration of the bat's barrel, and therefore, a faster path to the baseball. Cody has a natural uppercut and when everything comes together—Ka-Boom! (August, 2016)

  • 2016 Improvements: Cody Bellinger's son had a breakout season in 2015 when he led the California League in runs and RBIs and finished second in home runs. But given that it was in a hitter-friendly league and that his batting average took a big hit as his strikeout rate soared, people wanted to see what Bellinger would do at the upper levels.

    All he did in 2016 was lower his K rate, raise his walk rate and still hit 26 homers in the regular season. And Cody ranked among the top 5 in the Texas League with 23 home runs, a .359 on-base percentage and by slugging .484.

    MLB.com ranks Bellinger as the best power prospect in baseball, and his improved command of the strike zone—his walk total rose in 2016, while his strikeout total fell—suggests overall improvement.

  • Cody became the fastest Dodger in the modern era to reach 10 career home runs, according to Elias. Bellinger, playing in his 31st game, belted a three-run shot off a hanging 1-2 curveball from Cubs lefty Jon Lester in the bottom of the second to give the Dodgers the lead for good in a 9-4 win at Dodger Stadium.

    However, Bellinger's home run nearly didn't happen. Earlier in the at-bat, the 21-year-old decided to square up to bunt against Lester because of some pitches he saw and some notes he remembered from the Dodgers' scouting report. 

    "It was one of those things, if we get an opportunity to get a bunt base hit, we're going to take it," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "After that, Kris Bryant moves in and fortunately [Bellinger] chose to swing the bat."

    It was Bellinger's first time going against Lester—one of the top lefties in the National League—and the rookie has had to adjust day by day to top-level competition.  Bellinger is starting to garner more attention and said he's noticed pitchers taking different approaches.

    "I think the hardest part is you have a scouting report, but you don't really see it until you actually face him," Bellinger said about Lester. "I think a second time around, there's more confidence going into it and you just try to rely on the scouting report and what the guys say before you."  (Thornton - mlb.com - 5/28/17)

    MAKING HISTORY 

  • June 19, 2017: Cody Bellinger, called up because of injuries on the Dodgers’ roster, gave the rest of the league a three-week head start. He’s caught up. With his 20th and 21st home runs in a 10-6 win over the Mets, Bellinger now leads the NL in home runs, and is just two behind the Yankees’ Aaron Judge.

    The 21-year-old Bellinger went yard in each of the first two innings off of Zack Wheeler. He stands upright and gets full extension, swinging with a violent, scooping motion. (Maybe it’s the uniform, but it reminds people of Shawn Green’s swing.) When he gets the barrel on the ball, there’s little doubt.

    With two in two innings, Bellinger was definitely looking for more. In his third at-bat he struck out swinging, on a cut that could only have been seeking the seats.

    “I don’t blame him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I told him anybody can hit two home runs. I wanted to see him hit three myself.”

    Even without a three-homer game (which feels like it’s just a matter of time, honestly), Bellinger is doing some amazing stuff. Bellinger is the fastest ever to 21 home runs to start an MLB career. His first homer was his 20th in 51 career games, tying Wally Berger in 1930 and Gary Sanchez in 2016. His second homer puts him all alone.

    He is only the fourth player age 21 or younger to hit 20 home runs before the All-Star break, along with Eddie Mathews (27 in 1953), Albert Pujols (21 in 2001), and Miguel Cabrera (20 in 2004). His fifth multi-homer game (and three in his last nine games) ties Mike Piazza in 1993 for the most ever by a Dodgers rookie. Only one rookie in MLB history had more: Mark McGwire, with seven in 1987. (Barry Petchesky-DeadSpin)

  • June 20, 2017:  After depositing a two-run home run in the first inning of the Dodgers' 12-0 win over the Mets at Dodger Stadium, Cody Bellinger became the first rookie in the modern era to hit 10 home runs in a 10-game span, according to Elias. The 21-year-old slugger has also reached 22 home runs faster than any player in Major League history, doing so in his 52nd game.

    "I'm having a blast," Bellinger said. "I think what really tops it off is how well we're playing as a team. It's fun to watch. It's fun to be around. We're just clicking on all cylinders."

    The only other Dodgers player to hit 10 home runs in 10 games was Shawn Green, in May 2002. Bellinger is also the first player with a 10-homer, 10-game run since Troy Tulowitzki, who hit 11 in 10 games in September 2010 with the Rockies.  (Thornton - mlb.com)

  • June 14, 2017: Bellinger became the fastest player in Major League history to enjoy four multi-homer outbursts, doing so in just 45 career games.

  • June 25, 2017:  Cody recorded six multi-homer games way faster than any player in history.  It was his 57th career game and the sixth time he has homered twice. Previously, the fastest player to record six multi-homer games was Mark McGwire, who accomplished the feat in his 97th game in 1987.

  • July 15, 2017:  Bellinger hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs in the Dodgers' 7-1 win over the Marlins.

    Cody became the first rookie in franchise history to hit for the cycle, Bellinger is the ninth Dodger to pull off the feat, the third since the franchise moved to Los Angeles. The last Dodger to hit for the cycle was Orlando Hudson, who did it on April 13, 2009.

  • August 2, 2017: Bellinger hit his 30th homer of the season off Braves starter Julio Teheran to become the third-fastest player (87 games) to reach the mark since 1900, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

    Only former Tiger catcher Rudy York (79 games in 1937) and ex-Oakland Athletics first baseman Mark McGwire (84 games in 1987) hit their first 30 home runs in fewer games than Bellinger.

  • September 3, 2017: Cody set the Dodgers franchise record for rookie home runs with his 36th, blasted off Padres closer Brad Hand in the ninth inning of a 6-4 loss.  The previous record of 35 was set by Mike Piazza in 1993. Mark McGwire holds the MLB record of 49 set in 1987.

  • September 22, 2017:  Bellinger went deep for his 39th home run of the season and setting a new National League rookie home run record in the process.  His historic home run topped former NL rookie leaders Frank Robinson and Wally Berger, at 38 homers apiece.

  • April 13, 2019: Bellinger joined Willie Mays as the only players with seven homers in the first 10 games of the season.

  • April 23, 2019: After a hot first week of 2019, Dodgers' color commentator Orel Hershiser made an early declaration that Cody Bellinger looked like he’d be in the National League MVP conversation at the end of the season. How about starting with Player of the Month?

    It seems like that honor is where Bellinger’s headed through his first 23 games. His .424 average tops MLB, as do his .882 slugging percentage and 36 hits. His 11 home runs trail just Christian Yelich’s 13. Bellinger has been extremely difficult to retire, having reached base in exactly half of his 100 plate appearances.

    Bellinger’s value has extended beyond his bat, too. With the ability to play an excellent defensive first base and to hold his own at all three outfield spots, Bellinger fits right in on a Dodgers squad that emphasizes versatility. Bellinger’s abilities were on full display on Sunday when he robbed Yelich of a home run in a Dodgers-Brewers showdown, shortly before winning the game with a ninth-inning solo shot.

    This year’s version of Bellinger is looking every bit the player whose performance merited unanimous NL Rookie of the Year selection in 2017, and then some. Whatever frustration the 23-year-old might have felt during a comparatively down 2018 seems to have been left there. He’s a reformed hitter: The holes in his long, left-handed swing appear to be gone, in no small part thanks to work with the team’s trio of offensive instructors, headed by hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc. For Bellinger, though, it’s also a matter of mental clarity.

    “Understanding what I want to do, and knowing why I feel good, and knowing why I don’t feel good,” said Bellinger. “Just going into the cage and trying to find it every day, and trying to stay locked in.”

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attributes Bellinger’s torrid start to improved swing mechanics, but he believes it’s a strong work ethic that will let Bellinger keep thriving.

    “Consistency in the preparation and the approach,” Roberts said of what’s keyed Bellinger. “Obviously, the results have been consistent as well. But I think that’s what’s leading up to those results is, for me, the most impressive. And I think that’s something that can sustain the success.”

    Bellinger’s overall approach at the plate has changed in ways that set him up to continue being an offensive menace, too. His strikeout rate has slashed in half, down to 12 percent from his career average of 24 percent. His walk rate is up a few ticks, too, in part due to pitchers approaching him more cautiously and in part due to improved discipline—he’s swinging at just 21.7 percent of pitches out of the strike zone, down nearly six percent from last season. And when he swings, he’s missed less often than anyone in the NL, with a league-best contact rate of 87.7 percent.

    It’s been an illustrious career for Bellinger already. En route to breaking the NL rookie record with 39 home runs, he showed off his power on the national stage in the 2017 Home Run Derby. Bellinger was also an All-Star in '17 and nabbed MVP of the '18 NL Championship Series by hitting the Game 7-deciding home run. But now, he’s looking like a bona fide superstar, a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball. And he’ll be just 24 in July, 2019— baseball could be hearing a lot from this guy for a while to come. (S Wexler - MLB.com - April 23, 2019)

  • April 26, 2019: Bellinger sets slew of records with his 13th homer. Cody homered and singled in the 6-2 win over the Pirates at Dodger Stadium, setting the modern-day MLB record with 88 total bases in March/April.

    With home run No. 13, a line drive off Chris Archer, Bellinger moved ahead of previous leader and former teammate, Chase Utley, whose record of 85 total bases has stood since 2008. In the seventh inning he singled. The record is kept for seasons since 1900.

    “Feels pretty cool,” said Bellinger. “Actually didn’t know until they told me in the dugout tonight. Hopefully [Utley's] here tomorrow so we can talk about it.”

    Bellinger has 33 RBIs, the most for a Dodger through 28 games since Ron Cey had 37 in 1977. He also broke a tie with Matt Kemp and now has the most home runs in Dodgers history for March/April. He’s one hit shy of the all-time Dodgers mark for hits in March/April set by Rafael Furcal (43) in 2008.

    Bellinger entered the game leading MLB in runs, hits, batting average and slugging percentage and is tied for the MLB lead in home runs with Christian Yelich. (K Gurnick - MLB.com - April 27, 2019)

  • April 29, 2019: Bellinger threw a runner out at third base from right field and singled home the first run on an 0-2 pitch off a lefthander for another MLB record. Bellinger has 37 RBIs, the most before May 1 in MLB history. He had been tied with Mark McGwire and Juan Gonzalez, who both reached the mark in 1998. 

    Bellinger went 2-for-3 with a walk and threw out Brandon Crawford in the second inning trying to go from first to third on Kevin Pillar’s single with no outs, with Bellinger’s fastball tracked by Statcast at 91.7 mph. The two singles increased Bellinger’s MLB record for total bases in March/April to 96, 11 more than Chase Utley’s previous record. Bellinger leads the league in everything, just about.

  • April 30, 2019:  Bellinger went 1-for-3 with a walk, a single giving him 97 total bases and extending his MLB-record in March/April (since 1900). He’s reached base in 30 of 31 games played.

  • May 2, 2019: Cody Bellinger was a healthy scratch in Games 1 and 2 of last year’s World Series. Six months later, he’s capped off one of the greatest starts in Major League history: An out-of-this world .431/.508/.890 slash line, and a record-tying 14 home runs before the calendar flipped to May.

    Bellinger’s turnaround ranks among the young season’s best storylines, especially because he’s been at the top of the heap before, such as when he won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2017. In two-plus seasons, we’ve seen Bellinger go on tears like this, and we’ve also seen him look directionless at the plate—multiple times over.

    So, why is this hot stretch more encouraging than the others? Everything Bellinger’s doing this time around points toward more stability, and more proactivity. Bellinger no longer looks like a slugger swinging from his heels; instead, he looks much more like a hitter who’s made adjustments—and is capable of making them again.

    “Every day before the game I know what I want to do,” Bellinger told the Los Angeles Daily News. “If I’m not feeling good, I try to figure why I’m not, and then I try to get back to where I was.”

    With help from Statcast’s pitch tracking technology, let’s dive into that. Here’s what the “new” Cody Bellinger is looking to do, and his execution that could keep him on his MVP pace. 

  • He’s much more selective.

    Bellinger’s 3.4% decrease in chase swings (from 24.4% in 2018 to 21.0% in 2019) ranks in the top quarter of hitters who saw at least 750 out-of-zone pitches last year, and at least 150 this year. But for Bellinger specifically, it’s more about which pitches he’s chasing less.

    The book on Bellinger has been to throw him breaking balls low in the zone, and particularly ones that break toward his feet. When the Astros struck out Bellinger 17 times in the 2017 World Series, eight of them came on curveballs down and in, while another three came on sweeping sliders down and away from lefties Dallas Keuchel and Francisco Liriano. There were a lot of at-bats that ended like this:

    Opposing pitchers took Houston’s lead and exposed Bellinger in those areas last year; he hit just .225 and struck out in 37.5% of his at-bats that ended on a breaker in the lower-third of the zone or below. Last October, even though Bellinger won the National League Championship Series MVP, he still finished the postseason with a .115 average, and pitchers like Wade Miley, Eduardo Rodriguez and Nathan Eovaldi went back to the well to strike out Bellinger again on similar pitches and zones.

    But Bellinger is showing new restraint in 2019. Scan the list of 197 hitters who have seen at least 50 out-of-zone breakers, and Bellinger’s chase rate is 14th-best. He’s also pulling the trigger much less on inside fastballs, meaning he’s spitting on two types of weapons that pitchers—especially lefties—have crowded him with in the past.

    While we’re pulling from a very small sample from this year, seeing Bellinger take pitches like these has to be encouraging for Dodgers fans. 

  • He’s bringing pitchers back to his zones.

    Bellinger and his manager Dave Roberts have pointed to his new stance as a major reason he’s covering more of the plate. After he went back and forth with his bat angle last year, Dodgers hitting coaches Aaron Bates, Brant Brown and Robert Van Scoyoc have adjusted Bellinger’s posture to keep his torso more upright and his hands higher up in a loading position, putting him in better position to execute emergency hacks. You can see the difference when he’s up at the plate; Bellinger looks a lot like his Rookie of the Year self once again.

    Spoiling “pitchers' pitches” off the plate helps a hitter extend at-bats, and the old Bellinger was decidedly poor in contacting out-of-zone deliveries in 2017 and 2018. With the new Bellinger, it’s a completely different story—he's fouling a bunch of those pitchers' pitches off.

    Biggest increases in chase foul rate, 2018 vs. 2019 (minimum 250 chase swings in 2018 and minimum 50 in 2019 (95 hitters):   1. Rhys Hoskins: +16.0%    2. Trey Mancini (BAL): +11.4%    3. Hunter Renfroe (SD): +11.2%     4. Starlin Castro (MIA): +11.1%    5. Bellinger: +10.1% (36.1% to 46.2%)

    Bellinger's in a more athletic position to fight off the inside pitches that plagued him before, and he's shortened his swing to become much quicker to the baseball. Bellinger fouled off a low pitch on a 3-2 count from Liriano before following up with an RBI single off a slider in the heart of the plate. On April 21, he checked away a sweeping slider from Josh Hader before crushing another hanging breaker for a game-winning home run.

    Bellinger possesses one of the prettiest lefthanded swings in baseball, but it’s obviously more effective when he can bat away pitches he can't damage—and then unleash that uppercut on pitches in his wheelhouse.

    “There’s discipline and power,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Bellinger after watching him up close. “He gets his swing off with as much force as anyone in the game. But there’s also an element of bat-to-ball.”

  • He’s found his sweet spot

    Bellinger’s elite power became obvious when he knocked a rookie record 39 homers two years ago, and he added 25 more in a “down” season last year. So, as he’s eliminating his trouble pitches and hunting deliveries he can handle, he’s unlocking that sweet power stroke early and often.

    Most hard-hit balls (95+ mph EV):  Cody Bellinger—51

    Most balls in LA sweet spot (8-32°):  Cody Bellinger—46

    Most balls both HH *and* in SwSp  (95+ mph exit velo + 8-32° launch):  Cody Bellinger—33 

  • He's just hitting everything perfectly. 

    Hitting the ball hard is one thing, but knocking pitches with pace and lifting them up into that most productive line drive/fly ball range is what separates stars from the rest of the pack. (The “sweet spot" is Statcast’s designation for launch angles between 8 and 32 degrees.) Spitting on breaking balls has helped Bellinger cut his ground-ball rate by more than 11 percent, and he’s optimizing his air balls toward his most efficient direction for power.

    Pct. of Bellinger’s fly balls+line drives hit to pull side, 2017-2019: 

    2017:  36.9%     2018:  38.7%     2019:  52.3% — 3rd-highest in MLB (min. 40 fly balls+line drives)

    Pulling the ball isn’t the only factor for successful slugging, but it’s clearly a formula that’s worked for Bellinger; 25 of his 39 long balls went to right field in 2019. With a more polished approach than we’ve ever seen from Bellinger before, the Dodgers star looks like more of a 50-homer threat in Year 3. (M Kelly - MLB.com - May 2, 2019)

  • May 2, 2019: Bellinger was honored by MLB as the NL Player of the Month for his stellar performances to start the season. He batted an MLB-best .431/.508/.890 in March and April with 14 home runs, six doubles, one triple, 37 RBIs and five stolen bases in 31 games.

    Cody set the MLB record for March/April (since 1900) with 97 total bases and had the most RBIs by any player before May 1 since they became a stat in 1920. His 14 home runs were also tied with Christian Yelich (2019), Alex Rodriguez (2007) and Albert Pujols (2006) for the most before May 1 in MLB history.

  • Bellinger hit just one home run during his senior year at Hamilton High in Chandler, Arizona.

    "And it bounced off the top of the fence," Belli said.

    He hit four home runs in his first two pro seasons. But under the tutelage of Dodgers minor league coaches, he underwent a major swing change in Class A in 2015 to generate more lift. It worked immediately. He smashed 30 home runs that year and debuted two years later in the bigs with 39. 

    After a downturn in 2018 that found him on the bench for three of the five World Series games, Bellinger and hitting coaches Robert Von Scoyoc and Brant Brown dived into video study to get his groove back.

    "We didn't look at anything from last year," Cody said. "It was all from 2017."

    Belli returned to his 2017 setup—bat held flat rather than upright—and created a quicker path to the baseball. (Tom Verducci - Sports Illustrated - 5/20/2019)

  • May 28, 2019:  Cody became the only Dodger with three 20-homer seasons before the age of 24.

  • July 3, 2019: It’s pretty crazy to have Duke Snider and Gil Hodges looking up to you, but Bellinger leapt past both legends to top the franchise list for most home runs before the All-Star break at 29. He has reached base safely in 43 of 44 home games this season, the lone blemish when he went 0-for-1 off the bench on June 20.

  • July 4, 2019: With number 30 on the 4th of July at Dodger Stadium, Cody passed Duke Snider and Gil Hodges for most Dodgers home runs before the All-Star break. And he closed the gap on Reggie Jackson (37), Mark McGwire (33) and Willie Mays (31) for most pre-break homers under the age of 24.

    This is the kind of company Bellinger is keeping in what has the makings of the greatest offensive season in Dodgers history. And there were still three games before the All-Star break. 

  • Aug 2, 2019: Bellinger slugged his 100th career home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 loss to the Padres at Dodger Stadium. Bellinger reached the mark in his 401st game, becoming the fastest player in Dodgers history to hit the milestone, surpassing Mike Piazza, who hit his 100th in his 422nd game.

    “It’s pretty special,” said Bellinger. “I didn’t know it was my 100th until I was told in the dugout afterward. I’m blessed and hope I can keep going.”

  • August 20, 2019:  Cody went 2-for-3, notching 100 RBI.  And the first Dodger to have his pants fall down while trying to stretch his three-run double into a triple. The smile on his face was not for the 100th RBI.

    “Definitely, the pants,” said Bellinger. “It was funny. Thankfully, I had sliders on. The belt didn’t break. My pants just fell down. I literally don’t know how.”  (Gurnick - mlb.com)

    He has hit 27 of his 46 home runs at Dodger Stadium, the most in franchise history.

  • Nov 7, 2019: Bellinger, a finalist for the NL MVP Award, opened the season white-hot, and though he cooled off some later in the year, he still finished with a .305/.406/.629 slash line, 47 homers and an NL-leading 351 total bases, earning his first Silver Slugger Award.

  • 2020 changes: After winning the NL MVP last season, you wouldn’t think Cody Bellinger would be worried about his swing, but after spending more time thinking about it during the coronavirus shutdown, the young slugger decided to change up his mechanics. ( Jeffrey Bellone - July 13, 2020)

    Bellinger’s new stance—as noted by SportsNet LA broadcasters Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra—appears a bit pigeon-toed, which usually is meant to keep the front hip and shoulder closed. He begins with the bat on his shoulder, then rocks it on more of a horizontal than vertical plane. Such changes are mostly implemented to improve rhythm, timing and correct launch position.

    Speaking with reporters last week, Bellinger touched on his work during the break.

    “I’ve never had that much time and I got a chance to work on my swing and it could be a blessing in the long run,” Bellinger said. “I’m not making any big adjustment. There’s always small points in your swing that you realize make you good. You just try to be as consistent with those as you can. I just had time to work on it in a stress-free environment. So, nothing major at all. Just the minor things I always think about throughout the year.

    “Figuring out why I was so good and remembering the feeling and also not being too caught up on last year and not try to be identical to last year, because you’re always growing and always evolving. I just feel really good with where I am this year.” (K Gurnick - MLB.com - July 13, 2020)

  • Oct 9, 2020: Bellinger, the reigning NL MVP Award winner, had a superb series of his own in the 2020 NLDS as the Dodgers swept the division-rival Padres.

    Bellinger did it all with his bat and his glove. He batted .333 with one home run, one triple and an 1.179 OPS in the series. And he made maybe the biggest play of the year in center field in Game 2. With the Dodgers holding a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning, Bellinger robbed Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. of a potential go-ahead two-run homer, leaping above the center-field wall to bring Tatis’ drive back into the ballpark.

  • As of the start of the 2021 season, Cody's career Major League stats were: .273 batting average, 123 home runs and 494 hits with 318 RBI in 1,808 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Cody is a well above-average defender at first base. He looks like a shortstop playing first base. He is really outstanding there, displaying Gold Glove potential.

    It is very rare that a scout mentions a first baseman's defense before discussing his bat, but Bellinger is that rarity. He is light on his feet and his footwork is very good. And he has soft hands and a strong left handed arm.

    Bellinger gets a 70 grade for his glove-work at first base, And he has a 60 arm.

  • Bellinger is light on his feet and shows smooth footwork and soft hands. Some scouts compare him to a young Adam LaRoche. Now that's good defense.

  • Cody has a strong arm.

    He can also play left or right field and provide 50 grade defense, there. He is stretched a bit thin in center, with only average speed.

  • He combines athleticism with advanced feel for the game.

    In addition to superb defense, Bellinger grades as an above-average defender with a plus arm in the outfield corners, but his glove is Gold Glove-caliber at first base. He sees more fielding chances there than in the outfield, and his soft hands help him dig out low throws from infielders at first base.

  • Bellinger has the speed to play either left or right field. But his defense is so excellent at first base—why would you move him? 

    "Belly's a fluid athlete with ridiculously good instincts and an advanced understanding of where to be on the field at any given time,” Dodgers farm director Gabe Kapler said in August 2015. “He’s graceful at first base but has also demonstrated the ability to roam center field. At this point, getting physically and mentally stronger through his off-the-field work—both training and nutrition—can propel him to elite levels.”

  • 2017 scouting report: Not only is Bellinger the best power-hitting prospect in baseball, but he's one of the top defensive first basemen to come through the Minors in years. He moves well around the bag, scoops throws out of the dirt, owns solid arm strength—and as a bonus, he can play all three outfield positions if needed.

    They've already had him work in the outfield the last two years after playing him solely at first base in his first two seasons in the minors. He still hasn't played out there a lot, but Bellinger started games in left field, center field and right field at Double-A Tulsa.

    “The more positions you can play the better—for now and the future. So I’m all for it. It only helps the player and helps the team if you can play multiple positions waiting for a spot to open," Cody said.

    Bellinger spent a good deal of his time in big league camp working with Dodgers coach George Lombard “to learn more about the outfield.”

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts gave Bellinger ample playing time during the Cactus League at first base and in the outfield.

    “I think he is a plus-plus defender at first base and more than serviceable at all three outfield spots,” Roberts said. “Last spring he was on fire (offensively). He had a great spring. This year, not so much. But his demeanor hasn’t changed.” (Bill Plunkett - Baseball America - 5/12/2017)

  • In the 2019 season, Bellinger was tied for second among outfielders with 22 defensive runs saved and tied for fourth in the NL with 10 outfield assists. He seamlessly moved around from right field to center field to first base.

  • From 2017-2020 for the Dodgers, Bellinger played both first base and outfield.

  • 2019: Fielding Bible Award winner (RF) and multi-postion: Bellinger was seven Outs Above Average in the outfield this season. He has a rocket arm in the corner, and he can play a great center field, too. He's the first Dodgers outfielder to win a Fielding Bible Award.

    Bellinger's versatility only helps the Dodgers get more out of his elite all-around talent. He can play right field. He can play center field. He can play first base. Bellinger became the first player to win two Fielding Bible Awards in the same season. 

  • In 2019, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers won his first career Gold Glove as the best right fielder in the NL.

  • May 27, 2019: Bellinger threw out Carlos Gómez, who was tagging from second, at third to end the eighth inning and save a run against the Mets. 
  • Oct 7, 2020: The Dodgers countered Manny Machado’s epic bat-flip with an epic glove-flip.

    Bellinger made a sensational leaping catch at the center-field wall at Globe Life Field to rob Fernando Tatis Jr. of a potential go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 6-5 win over the Padres in Game 2 of the NLDS. That incredible grab prompted reliever Brusdar Graterol to throw his glove and hat in celebration.

    "Great players make great plays in big moments, and Cody did just that,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Man, I just don't know many guys that can make that play. He got turned around a little bit, but he still recovered his length and his ability to jump and control his body. It was a game-changing play."

    With a runner on and two outs in the seventh, Tatis drove a first-pitch, 99 mph sinker from Graterol deep to center field, but Bellinger sprinted back to the wall and made a perfectly timed jump to snag the ball, preserving the Dodgers’ 4-3 lead. Bellinger covered a total of 97 feet on the inning-ending play, according to Statcast. (M Guardado - MLB.com - Oct 8, 2020)

Running
  • Cody's speed isn't exactly a secret. He steals some bases. But his slugging still makes it too easy to overlook just how fast he is. Bellinger is one of the fastest players in the Majors.

    His sprint speed in 2019 is 29
    .2 feet per second. ("Spring speed" is the average top speed on max-effort runs. The MLB average is 27 ft./second.) Bellinger ranks among baseball's Top 20 fastest runners by sprint speed, out of nearly 400 qualifiers, and he's the Dodgers' fastest player

    It's fun to watch Bellinger fly around the bases, but where he really stands out is the first 90 feet. And his home-to-first speed has had a real impact on his batting average.

    If you can get down the first-base line in under four seconds, that's serious speed—the type of speed that can turn groundouts into infield hits, and make bunting for a hit a weapon at your disposal. Bellinger has that extra dimension. He has the most sub-4 home-to-first times of any player in 2019.

    Most sub-4-second home-to-1st times, 2019 —  1) Bellinger (LAD): 12    2) Kevin Kiermaier (TB): 8    3) Billy Hamilton (KC): 7   

    Five of Bellinger's sub-4 home-to-first times have resulted in infield hits. On two others, the ball just happened to get through to the outfield. On four of the five infield hits, Bellinger's sprint speed was at least 30 ft./sec. 

    So the next time you see Bellinger put the ball on the ground, don't take your eyes off the screen just because he didn't go deep. There's a decent shot he'll develop a hit out of what looked like nothing.   (Adler - mlb.com - 5/19/19)

  • May 15, 2020: Who is the fastest runner on the Dodgers? Cody Bellinger.

    According to Statcast, from home to first, he was at 3.97 seconds in 2019, and his sprint speed is 28.8. Cody Bellinger’s numbers are even better than Mookie Betts’. Bellinger can do it all, and he probably doesn’t get enough credit for his running speed because he hits so many home runs.  He stole 15 bases in 2019, leading the Dodgers. Bellinger’s outfield ground covered also reflects his running speed, and he likes to take advantage of it with all-out hustle on offense and defense.  –Ken Gurnick

Career Injury Report
  • June 2014: Bellinger separated his right shoulder in a collision.

  • April 5-29, 2016: Cody was on the D.L. with a hip injury.

    Bellinger said the hip bothered him a bit during Spring Training, but he didn't think it was serious. Then came a plane ride from Arizona to Tulsa, then a 12-hour bus ride to Corpus Christi to start the season, and the right side of his hip tightened up.

    So Bellinger got on a plane headed back to Arizona. For a week, he said the Drillers tried to figure out what was wrong before deciding it was a nerve issue. Bellinger said he took time to get the inflammation down before returning to extended spring training games. He was pleased to end the month-long absence from the Drillers, which equaled the time he missed with a shoulder injury in 2014 with Ogden.

    "It sucks missing a month, but it's a long season," Bellinger said. "It was really crazy. It just came out of nowhere,” Bellinger said of the hip issue that began bothering him late in spring training. “I just thought my hip was super tight, but it gradually got worse.”

    Bellinger dealt with his hip injury with rest and physical therapy. He now has a stretching program that he will follow the rest of the season.

  • August 20-30, 2017: Bellinger was on the DL with a sprained right ankle.

  • April 15, 2019: Bellinger exited the game after his right knee was drilled by a 95 mph Luis Castillo fastball in the third inning. X-rays were negative. 

    “That one hurt,” Bellinger said. “Hit me in a good spot, so, nothing serious and wake up and see how I feel. That hurt real bad, for sure. It took a minute or two to stop grimacing. Walked to first, so I knew it was fine. Tried to walk it off, but we decided to get to the training room.

  • March 2, 2020: Bellinger was scratched from the starting lineup against the Reds with a sore side, which manager Dave Roberts said was not a big deal.

    “He’s fine,” said Roberts. “He felt a little something on his body when he was doing his early work. He wants to play, but we just feel if we give him today and the off-day tomorrow, he’ll be back in there.

    Roberts said Bellinger’s injury was unrelated to his participation in Albert Pujols’ Top Golf charity event.

    "It's really not a big deal,” Roberts said. “Cody wants to play. There is no gain. It just makes no sense. I don’t think it’s Top Golf. I really don’t."

  • Nov. 17, 2020: The Dodgers said that Bellinger underwent shoulder surgery by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Bellinger is expected to be out 10 weeks, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. He will begin rehab in one week and be able to swing a bat in four weeks.