Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Called Most Complete Athlete Since Bo Jackson

Cody knows Cody.

As he often is (and rightfully so) Dodgers All-Star outfielder Cody Bellinger was a topic of conversation on the Jim Rome show. Rome was joined by DAZN analyst Tony Luftman who brought up Mike Trout as a player comparison, which we’ve heard a lot already this season.

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Luftman on the Bellinger/Trout comparisons in 2019.

He sure seems like he is [approaching the level of Mike Trout] and he’s on this unbelievable arc. There was a gap in his swing that they were able to take advantage of in the World Series, and then last year they were afraid of lefty-lefty matchups.

I feel like the skies the limit for him — we see Mike Trout and his frame and his build and there’s no doubt he’s the best player in the world.

However, he also brought up a player comp you don’t hear very often these days. Bo Jackson.

I’ll share this about Cody Bellinger, a scout said since Bo Jackson left the major leagues, he was the best athlete anyone had ever seen at his time. Bellinger is the most complete athlete since then.

As a frame of comparison, if you’re mentioned in the same breath as that guy, that’s extraordinary.

If you don’t know Bo, Bo was good. Bo knew bo. Jackson played 8 seasons in bigs between 1986-1994 with the Royals, White Sox, and Angels. During his peak seasons – his healthy seasons – he hit 107 home runs over 486 games while playing hard-nosed defense in the outfield. During that time he also played in the NFL for the LA Raiders.

A dislocated hip sustained while playing football in 1991 derailed his athletic career, but he remains one of, if not the preeminent multi-sport star in history.

For Cody Bellinger to be mentioned along with Bo Jackson is a true testament to his athletic ability, and his ascension to the top of the baseball crop in 2019.

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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