One of MLB’s most powerful agents is throwing the Dodgers under the bus for the way the team handled the injury of its former Rookie of the Year and MVP.
Scott Boras spoke to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the other day regarding his client, Cody Bellinger’s resurgent season. In his first year with the Cubs, Bellinger is hitting a career-high .321 with 20 home runs and 75 RBIs.
This is coming off of consecutive years with the Dodgers where Bellinger hit .165 and .210, respectively, and struck out almost 250 times in a 239-game span.
Bellinger was never the same with the Dodgers after he injured his shoulder en route to a World Series championship in 2020. Boras told Nighetngale that he believes that the medical staff of the Dodgers dropped the ball when it came to Bellinger’s success.
“He was hurt, plain and simple,” Boras told USA TODAY Sports. “He has surgery, and the Dodgers asked him to play with a 35% strength deficiency, and then with COVID, he was deprived of the expert medical treatment. He didn’t have the shoulder strength. You don’t just go from a .900 OPS to a .500 OPS without understanding the impact of an injury. So, when he became a free agent, Cody told me, ‘I want to go to teams that know me the best, and I want go where people understand me.‘”Via USA Today
Now that he is feeling 100 percent, Bellinger is starting to play like he did when he won the 2019 NL MVP. In that seasonm he hit .305 with 47 home runs and 115 RBIs.
Boras isn’t the only person throwing same shots at the Dodgers about how his final years with the team were treated. Bellinger had this to say about this team.
“I’m having fun again,” Bellinger said.Via USA Today
The Dodgers have not responded yet to Boras’ comments about the team or Bellinger.
Photo Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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