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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Posts a Farewell to LA, Fans on Social Media

We’ve known for a week that former Dodgers center-fielder Cody Bellinger was signing with the Cubs, but things got really official on Wednesday when Belli and his former team said farewell to each other on social media. Bellinger’s Instagram post was heartfelt and touching.

To the fans, city, teammates, coaches and organization of LA, I feel as if a thank you post on Instagram isn’t enough. But THANK YOU!!

I was able to live out my childhood dream for these past 6 years, Memories myself and my family will never forget.

It was truly an honor putting on that dodger uniform from that first time my 17 year old self tried it on, till now. Through the ups and down I’ll love and cherish EVERY moment I had out there in LA. thank you!!!

On to the next chapter!!

Bellinger’s time in L.A. didn’t end the way anyone expected it to. After winning the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award and the 2019 Most Valuable Player, the only question was whether Bellinger would command a record contract when he hit free agency after the 2023 season. Instead, he hit free agency after 2022 because Los Angeles non-tendered him after two disastrous seasons in which he didn’t remotely resemble the award-winner of the past, and he signed a one-year make-good contract with the Cubs.

Bellinger’s defense will be missed in center field, and we’ll always miss the memories of when he was one of the most dynamic offensive players in baseball. Mark your calendars for April 14-16 when Belli returns to Dodger Stadium in his new uniform.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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5 Comments

  1. Lord I hated to see that boy leave! Mark my word, he will find it again and we will wish we had him back. Good luck Cody…..me and my house will always pull for you.

  2. Just by chance he could regain his hitting stroke. He only signed a one year contract. Maybe he could come back — if he wants to. Still hoping anyway,

  3. Cody you hurt the team & yourself by not taking what the opposition was giving you. They almost always had only one man on the left side of the infield. You could have hit the ball there or bunted to that left side. With your speed you probably would have made it safely most of the time.
    If they overload you on one side go the other way. Learn how to inside out the pitch. Steve Garvey was very good at it.
    If you continue to use a Jose Canseco type swing the bad things will continue for you.

    1. I could not agree with you more, Merv! Cody’s swing has gone from really good, to wheelhouse golf almost. Reminds me a little bit of Orlando Cepeda, the Cardinals 1st baseman when I was growing up in St. Louis. Difference is, Orlando learned how to control it and make it work. Wish Cody all the best. He’s definitely a greatly talented baseball player and I enjoyed every minute of his time here in L.A.

  4. Cody, I wish you all the best, man!! It was so cool & FUN to watch you win the NL MVP, the NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR and then the NLCS MVP too. You’re a great talent whose hit a flat spot in your career, no thanks to some injuries along the way, for sure. I am confident you’ll get it back and who knows, maybe you’ll end up in Dodger Blue again, if you’re able to prove yourself once again. I mean, Matt Kemp did it, why not you, right? 😉 BEST OF LUCK, KID!!

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