Dodgers: Cody Bellinger joins a Legend with 30th Home Run

With 3 homers in July, his 30 on the season before the All-Star break is second to one NL player.

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.

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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