The cold streak remains the storyline of the season for Cody Bellinger, but his plays in the outfield can’t go unnoticed. Bellinger has shown he can play lights out defense and is surely something the Dodgers will miss if he were to leave.
Fortunately for Bellinger, it seems Andrew Friedman wants him back and sees the work Bellinger puts in throughout the season. Despite looking more like a shell of his former NL MVP self as the season went on, having the front office by your side surely bolsters the confidence and can give you an idea of their plans moving forward (via Doug McKain).
“Having a backstage pass to watching him I still very much believe in the true talent, the ability. I’ve watched how hard he has worked and how much he cares. Obviously last year was disappointing. He’d be the first to say that and that there’s a lot more in there and so now it’s incumbent upon him, us, everyone to figure out how to do that and from a talent and work ethic standpoint, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to do so.”
Bellinger continues to show glimpses and the front office continues to want to be patient with him, but for how much longer can they allow for the poor hitting? Rather than sending Bellinger off, this could also be a way to show the value he still possesses even if the team chooses to get rid of him later in the season.
The experience from Bellinger goes a long way, but he will need to step it up if the team wants another shot of winning a World Series.
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