The Los Angeles Dodgers have a great core of players, and a talented roster. That’s why Dodgers Nation has decided to run a ‘Why We Love’ series, featuring some of your favorite Dodgers players. Our third installment focuses on possibly the most popular current Dodgers player. In this today’s post we focus on why we love the Dodgers youngest star, Cody Bellinger.
It will go down in the annals of Dodgers history as one of the greatest seasons the franchise has ever seen. In 2017 – as a rookie – Cody Bellinger set the National League record for home runs with 39. When he took over for an injured Adrian Gonzalez on that April 25th night good things were expected. However, no one had Bellinger penciled in for a four-plus WAR season and a .933 OPS that would re-write the record books.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB Draft, Bellinger has always had a high pedigree. Bellinger is second generation talent; his father Clay played on several of the Derek Jeter Yankees teams that won World Series titles in the 1990’s.
Although Bellinger is still very young, you feel like you know what you’re going to get just some 200 big league games into his career. This is a player who figures to be a cornerstone in Los Angeles for a very long time. Equally important, Bellinger seems like the perfect Southern California ballplayer. He plays the game with a relaxed style and never takes himself too seriously. Still, you knew the first time you saw a ball hit 400 feet via that launch-angle swing; Bellinger meant business.
Without reservation, here are the reasons he is beloved in Tinseltown.
Why We Love Cody Bellinger
This one is a particularly special post for me to write. Indeed, Bellinger started out my dad’s favorite Dodger. Quickly, it’s possible he’s become mine. Last summer – it seemed like every time my dad came to my house to watch the Dodgers, Bellinger homered in a big spot to win the game. For my dad to take notice of an individual player at his old age was really special for me. What’s neat about this is that Bellinger is young enough that once my dad is gone – my son who is two could still be enjoying Cody in his prime. This brings about a larger principal about the game of baseball. Baseball is a game of father’s and son’s (and daughters) and parents and children; and it bridges that gap nicely. Sometimes if a player is special, they’re able to do that all on their own.
The obvious is that Bellinger has one of the best natural left-handed power swings I’ve seen in watching the game for 30 years. Seeing him in the box is a lot like when I watched Ken Griffey Jr. as a kid. It’s not a time to go get a drink or use the bathroom because you could miss something really special. Few players command that type of attention.
Why Love You Cody Bellinger
Where do I even begin pic.twitter.com/v0gv8qh2WE
— ruby dyson (@rubydyson) June 25, 2018
Because he took the time to take a picture with us. He helped make my birthday one of the best yet! pic.twitter.com/gCmpEFtxRv
— Y (@Yose_0601) June 25, 2018
We love Cody Bellinger because he brings the ? and still has a lot more potential, if he works hard enough he will no doubt become an MVP and he can admit when he needs help, like he’s been working with Kemp for batting
— Kevin Stanford (@KevinSt74181183) June 25, 2018
I love his home run trot, I love that he’s just a ball player , he’s a great defender and contributes even when he’s struggling at the plate
— morris91 (@morris1340) June 25, 2018
I love his perseverance. Even when he was struggling this year, he refocused and didn’t give up, and that says a lot.
— D (@DavidsonDeann) June 25, 2018
One reason is I never thought he would break Mike Piazza homerun record. Two-he rides his scooter to I-hop (See jimmy Kimmel interview) and last those two HRs today !
— Mike Gutierrez (@pressroom1) June 25, 2018
This one is what it’s all about:
— Anthony Kiger (@jakiger) June 25, 2018
Because he never gives up, despite his doubters. #codylove
— Dodgers4Life (@TracisTreats) June 25, 2018
He’s a grinder, has respect for the game and appears humble in his success. His family is adorable in their support for him. His story is relatable as my lefty daughter wears #35 and we’re a proud fire family too! ? We’re rooting for you @Cody_Bellinger! pic.twitter.com/juOTtwXfOT
— Janet Krone (@TooCuteKids) June 25, 2018
Young, vibrant and brings young energy ??????
— J.J (@jjpearl76) June 25, 2018
Once he starts hitting that curve ball he'll be unstoppable
— . (@onefcppv) June 25, 2018
Cody never gives up! He powers through temporary slumps. My hubby says I’m his biggest cheerleader. I am.
— ToniL (@fostergram4) June 25, 2018
Cause we have the same birthday, duh ? @Cody_Bellinger
— Val ??? (@valxpal_213) June 25, 2018
Cody is clearly an exciting, impact player at a young age, and still developing and refining his approach!
— D. Turski, CPA (@dturskiCPA) June 25, 2018
I love Bellingers potential. He is far from a finished product and if he ever really gets it he can be the best Dodger first baseman since Hodges.
— mydodgerbear1948 (@mydodgerbear191) June 25, 2018
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