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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Adds Historic NL Home Run Record

His first homer in 12 games is a big one for the senior circuit.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats in the eighth inning of the MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 5-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Cody Bellinger has had an incredible season for the Dodgers in 2019. While he’s heard a lot of NL MVP chatter through the summer, he’s also heard about new records he’s setting often. Whether it be Dodger franchise records, or National League records, Belli has etched his name all over the place.

Now with his 45th home run of the season, he adds an all-time NL record.

By age, Cody Ballgame became the youngest outfielder in history to hit 45 home runs in a season.

The Home Run

Home run number 45 took a good bit of time with Cody waiting 12 games in between dingers. Funny enough, that isn’t quite a shocking note.

A couple of caveats to consider with this record, along with some added notes:

  • The ball is notoriously juiced in 2019
  • The season length was only 154 games in 1955, however, Cody has played in 148 of LA’s 153 games in 2019
  • Cody has played 31 games at first base this season as where Mays played all 152 games in center field

Any way you slice it, Bellinger is still 64 days Mays’ junior and has another cool record to add to his MVP caliber season.

His season line now sits at .305/.408/.631 with 45 home runs and 110 runs batted in. His 45 homers are the most for a Dodger since Adrian Beltre hit 48 in 2004, and his 110 RBI are most since Adrian Gonzalez had 116 in 2014.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

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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  1. Nice to see Bellinger homer tonight at the game. A few things I learned tonight. Taylor should not be at third; Smith has a great throw to second; May may not be quite ready for the Post Season; Jansen is no longer the closer we can rely on, especially in a short series against good teams. It was bad tonight. It wasn’t a do-or-die for us tonight, but we still have to win. Jansen in the Post Season is scaring me.

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