Posted Thursday October 13th 2022
Cody James Bellinger (born July 13, 1995) is an American professional baseball outfielder and first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League BaseballCody Bellinger:
- He was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB draft, and debuted with the team in 2017.
- The son of MLB player Clay Bellinger, Bellinger helped his team reach the 2007 Little League World Series at the age of 11.
- He played high school baseball for Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, and had committed to play college baseball for the Oregon Ducks before he was drafted.
- Bellinger spent two years in the Rookie Leagues before joining the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2015, where he was a mid- and postseason all-star, and helped the team to a California League championship title.
- A hip injury delayed his rise through the Dodgers' farm system in 2016, but he was called up to the major leagues in April 2017 to bolster a struggling outfield.
- 2017 Bellinger, setting a number of Dodgers single-season home run records, participated in both the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and in the Home Run Derby, and he was named the National League Rookie of the Year after the season.
- 2018 He was named the MVP of the 2018 National League Championship Series following an extra innings walk-off single that helped take the Dodgers to the 2018 World Series.
- 2019 He received the NL MVP, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove Awards in 2019, as well as his second All-Star selection.
- 2020 Bellinger won his first World Series title with the Dodgers in 2020.
- 2021 A number of injuries to his shoulder, calf, and rib cage, however, caused 2021 to be a career-worst year for Bellinger in home runs and batting average.
Cody BellingerBatting Style
Bellinger, originally much weaker while batting than fielding, became a power hitter after making a change to his batting stance during the 2014–15 off season. Working with Shawn Wooten and Damon Mashore, Bellinger incorporated a small hand and wrist movement into his "load phase", which prepared him to make strong contact with the ball. In response to concerns that he was "standing too tall and straight-legged" in the batter's box during the 2018 season, making it difficult to build momentum, Bellinger made a number of other changes during the 2018–19 off season, including adopting a more relaxed position at the plate and aiming to hit under breaking balls rather than over. These changes, coupled with showing greater discretion in choosing when to swing, helped Bellinger make contact more frequently and with greater power during his 2019 MVP season.