On Thursday night, Dodgers All-Star right fielder Cody Bellinger hit his team-leading 30th home run which put him in the company of one of the most respected legends in major league history.
With 30 Belli Bombs on the season, Cody already has the most home runs before the All-Star break in Dodgers history, breaking a record that had stood since 1955. Moreover, he became the second player in National League history to hit 30 home runs before the All-Star break before the age of 25. A 23 year-old Willie Mays hit 31 for the New York Giants in 1954.
Mays finished that ’54 season with 41 HRs, and won the NL MVP award.
What we’re seeing out of Bellinger this season is truly remarkable. After working his way through a mini-slump in early June, Cody has 10 HRs in his last 20 games, and 3 already in the month of July.
Bellinger and the Dodgers have three more games before the All-Star break to tie or break Mays’ record.