While we were accustomed to tracking every Cody Bellinger home run, this was the one we were waiting for. On Friday night in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium – Cody Bellinger hit his 100th home run of his big league career. Of course, this does not factor in the several he has hit in the postseason.
In the bottom of the 4th inning off San Diego Padres starter Eric Lauer, Bellinger hit one out to center that gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
Here is a look at it, with a few factoids.
Cody Bellinger’s 100th Career Home Run
0 to ?, real quick. pic.twitter.com/xwiYibNY6j
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 3, 2019
Bellinger hit a 94 mile per hour fastball off Eric Lauer out to center, a picture perfect home run for his milestone 100th home run. It was his 52nd to come in front of the home crowd at Chavez Ravine, and his 31st off a lefty.
Cody Bellinger homers (36): fly ball to CF (2-run)
Hit: 397.55ft, 101.8mph, 32.8°?
Pitch: 93.8mph Four-Seam Fastball (LHP Eric Lauer, 12) pic.twitter.com/bQN1fNfkKw
— Home Run Tracker (@DingerTracker) August 3, 2019
More Facts on Bellinger’s Milestone Blast
Fewest games to reach 100 HR with the Dodgers:
Gary Sheffield 399
CODY BELLINGER 401
Shawn Green 408
Mike Piazza 422
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) August 3, 2019
Eric Stephen tells us that Bellinger at just 24 years old (and 20 days) is the fastest Dodger to reach the 100 mark at the start of a career. Moreover, Bellinger edged out legend Mike Piazza by 21 games.
Only Gary Sheffield has reached 100 home runs in a Dodger uniform quicker than Bellinger. Gary Sheffield beat Bellinger by two games, reaching the century club in 399.
Not only did the Dodgers Nation crew get to see Cody Bellinger’s 100th career home run in Dustin May’s debut start, but I was not in attendance so I could write a few words about it.
Without question, Bellinger is one of the best young talents I have seen in a Dodgers uniform; or in all of baseball in my life. This is why every time he homers, it adds a little excitement. Truly, you could be seeing some history in the fact he may end up with 500 or so of them when the dust settles.
Finally, this home run tied Bellinger with Mike Trout and Christian Yelich for the lead in baseball. As the summer winds down – and the regular season – it’s fitting that baseball’s three best players are going to battle for the home run crown.
Bellinger has been a joy to watch since day one, and I still remember his first homer. I am so glad I was sitting in the quiet to be able to see his 100th. Here’s to 400 or so more, Cody.