The Dodgers were a great team going into 2017. Los Angeles resigned Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, Chase Utley, and Rich Hill, essentially bringing the whole gang back together. They made improvements in the form of Logan Forsythe and Brandon Morrow, showing that they were ready to make it past the NLCS in 2017.
Who would have thought that their most valuable player, Cody Bellinger, was not even a piece of this puzzle on Opening Day? With less than a month left of Baseball, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal chatted with the rookie sensation to get his outlook on his 2017 season and everything that he has done.
Rosenthal asked him about his time on the disabled list and how that affected him. Here is what Cody had to say:
This is the most baseball that I’m going to play in my life, so maybe those 10 days down the stretch kind of rejuvenated my body and my mind. Now I’m out here playing fresh and it feels good.
Cody Bellinger played 128 games in 2015 and 117 in 2016 in the Dodgers’ minor league system. If you include the time he spent in triple-A in the beginning of 2017, Bellinger has already played over 135 games and still has a couple of weeks to go before the regular season is over. Then comes the postseason, so it doesn’t look like he’ll be getting a break anytime soon. A lot of fans were pretty upset when was put on the 10-day disabled list, but clearly it’s helped Bellinger and given him a bit of a second life.
Probably the most hilarious quote that Cody Bellinger gave on Saturday was his expectations for 2017 before he got called up. The rookie that has taken the Dodgers and Major League Baseball by storm in 2017 was simply hoping for “A September call-up.”
After tying the NL rookie HR record, Cody Bellinger was asked what his expectations were for 2017 before the season: "A September call-up."
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) September 16, 2017
Now, Cody Bellinger is leading the Los Angeles Dodgers in home runs (38), RBIs (88), Slugging Pct. (.611), and OPS (.971). He is almost guaranteed to win the National League Rookie of the Year and will definitely get votes for the National League Most Valuable Player. I think it is safe to say that his 2017 season surpassed everything that he, and everybody else, could have imagined.
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