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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Misses Out on Another Player’s Choice Award

This might foreshadow more snubs in the future.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 05: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks back to the field during the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on July 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

We’ll open this up by saying that Anthony Rendon is a fantastic ballplayer. He continues to showcase his talent on the biggest stage with the Washington Nationals holding a 2-0 series lead over the Houston Astros. However, there may be a sense of recency bias involved in a recent vote by MLB players.

The winner of the NL Outstanding Player Award was Anthony Rendon. Not Cody Bellinger. While Rendon’s overall numbers stack up somewhat similarly to Bellinger’s, there is no doubt that Bellinger had the better overall season. It is somewhat fascinating to see what the actual players believe — guys who see each other everyday — and they seem to prefer Rendon to Bellinger. Interesting.

Cody Bellinger had a season for the ages, with a terrific first half and solid second half. However, his overall numbers declined as a result of just how high his peak was and how low his valley was. He finished the season with a .305 batting average, 1.035 on-base plus slugging, and 7.8 WAR. He was also fantastic on the defensive side of the ball, accruing a whopping 26 defensive runs saved — 19 coming in right field for which he has received a Gold Glove nomination.

Anthony Rendon was definitely creeping on Bellinger’s potential MVP for awhile, with both men trending in opposite directions. However, a lengthy slump at the tail end of September for the Nationals’ third baseman might entail Bellinger beating out Rendon. Christian Yelich is also in the mix despite a broken kneecap to cut his season short. Rendon’s overall numbers are fairly comparable to Bellinger’s, but they simply are not better. Rendon held a .319 batting average, 1.010 on-base plus slugging, and 7.0 WAR. Unlike Bellinger, Rendon was fairly average defensively at third base this season, accruing just 2 defensive runs saved.

Overall

Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, and Anthony Rendon were the three best players in the majors this season and that could wind up being the order of the MVP vote. We shall see. All in all, though, this might forecast a similar result in favor of Rendon over Bellinger.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. The over all performance of Bellinger slipt somewhat in the 2nd half and perhaps they should also look at Bellinger;s performance in the NLDS and we thus should see why he was snubbed from this award.

    • Garbage. The award is for the season not playoffs and should not be determined on 7 ABs. To suggest Rendon had a better 2019 season is wrong. Despite the ugly ending, Cody had a fantastic season should be recognized for it.

      • Garbage, the Players voting on this award don’t happen to agree with ya and when it mattered the most (in big PS and or WS games) he did not show up! Of course no Dodger is in this year’s WS.

        • AZUL, I will not get into whether Bellinger deserves the MVP over Rendon. Let me simply say Belles play over the last two months left much to be desired. He reverted back to his play of last season. With the Dodgers not in the WS, the award does not mean that much!!!!! Maybe next year. Go Blue!!!!

      • Rendon didn’t prove it on 7 abs. Average and RBi’s were substantially better. Plus Belli himself said Yelich deserved it more. I am totally a Dodger guy but we waited for Belli to pick it up the 2nd half. He didn’t. Not even sure why he reverted to the Bellinger of last year when it looked like he had things figured out.

  2. Bellinger was not the map. He sucked the entire second half when he lost all of his power. The playoffs speak for itself. The guy is an annual choker in the postseason, similar but not quite there yet, as Kershaw.

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