Yesterday on MLB Network’s show “Intentional Talk,” Chris Rose and former Red Sox World Series hero Kevin Millar discussed Cody Bellinger.
A triple crown candidate at the plate. Insane throws from the outfield.
— Intentional Talk (@IntentionalTalk) May 28, 2019
The Big Question
Chris Rose asked Kevin Millar if Cody Bellinger was the most dominant player in the sport right now. Kevin Millar responded with resounding certainty.
The more you watch Cody Bellinger, the more you push pause and stop and watch him.
Yes he’s the most dominant player on both sides of the baseball because he runs as well anybody, he defends as well as anybody, he throws as well anybody, the power is obviously as good as anybody. He’s hitting better than anybody. So yeah, when you about first base, right field, center/left, and can throw catch and run—yeah I think he’s the most dominant.
Pretty big compliment from the talking heads. Cody Bellinger most certainly impressed in his rookie year. His sophomore campaign was always going to be bumpy. This is almost MLB certainty. That Cody Bellinger would have a rebound of a 2019 was definitely in the back of people’s minds, but nobody expected this.
We’re only a third of the way through the season, and the comparisons to Mike Trout have begun. Rose and Millar took this to a different level.
Starting A Team With Belli Over Trout?
Chris Rose asked another question of Kevin Millar:
If we were to ask all 30 GM’s out there: if you could take somebody right now to start your franchise with, does anybody take this guy (Bellinger) over Mike Trout?
If you were gonna talk about today, and they had a chance to see the game yesterday, and yeah I think there would be some Cody Bellinger requests. Stay with me! If you’re going to go ‘today’ and they saw the game last night, they’re going to go to the age thing. We’ve got a couple years of youth? Yeah, you’re going to have some requests. What’s not to like about this guy?
Today; Cody Bellinger is getting better and better and better. He said it after his interview, ‘I’m not having to move around so much. I’m not having to play 1st, play center, and play left. If you stick me in right field I’m gonna take balls in right field during batting practice. I’m starting to be able to concentrate on my hitting..’ So there’s a lot of things that go into this. Is everything slowing down offensively? It’s going to get real scary if that’s the case.
That’s absolutely astounding. In a few short months, Cody Bellinger has gone from trade bait to being the first player a GM would draft to start their team, at least in Kevin Millar’s mind.
Will These Comparisons Go On All Season?
The pace that Cody Bellinger is on is unsustainable. If he somehow sustained this pace, he’d break every record in the books and then these questions become answers on their own. That said, he’s set such a pace through the first third of the season, that even a few slumps here and there won’t drown out these conversations. Cody Bellinger “superstar” is here to stay, and we’re all lucky to be witnessing it.