Dodgers News: Cody Bellinger Thought He’d Be in LA for Life

After the 2019 season where he took home an MVP and nearly set a new franchise single season home run record for the Dodgers, things were looking like we could start drafting the plans for a Cody Bellinger statue at Dodger Stadium. He was just 23 and had put together a Rookie of the Year season, that MVP season, and collected a pair of All-Star berths, a Gold Glove award and a Silver Slugger award.

The sky was the limit for the kid they called “Bopper.”

Less than four years later, Bellinger is now suiting up for the Chicago Cubs after being non-tendered following the 2022 season. Baseball is a tough game.

Back in Los Angeles for the first time at a Cubbie, Cody spoke with reporters in the visitor’s dugout at Dodger Stadium. He avoided most of the conversation surrounding his exit from the Dodgers, but he did share one tidbit that’s sure to tug at the heartstrings of fans. When asked if he thought he’d be a Dodger forever, this was his response.

“At one point for sure, you know? Life is not always planned, as we all know as we grow older. God works in mysterious ways. I just try to be in the moment and appreciate what comes next for me.”

Via OC Register

The Dodgers honored Bellinger in his return to LA with a warm welcome and a tribute video on Dodgervision. Fans gave him multiple ovations, both before the game and ahead of his first at-bat. Some of those fans surely wish he was still wearing Dodger blue rather than Cubbie blue.

Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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