Finally, Cody Bellinger has been named the National League Player of the Month in Major League Baseball. The award was announced Thursday afternoon, with a nice tweet from the Los Angeles Dodgers official account.
.@Cody_Bellinger's start to the season? Unmatched.
Congratulations to Cody on being named the National League Player of the Month for April! pic.twitter.com/il91LGMQpn
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 2, 2019
Obviously, Bellinger posted a historic April that will be talked about for many years to come. His average (.431), on-base percentage (.508), slugging (.890), base hits (47), home runs (14), and RBI (37) made it seem like he had a cheat code to the game of baseball. Furthermore, while making things look easy; he set several all-time records along the way.
Now, Bellinger is the first Dodgers’ Player of the Month winner since Justin Turner all the way back in August of 2018! Truly though, this doesn’t happen that often to an organization. Also, it gives Bellinger a leg-up to be in the early conversation for Most Valuable Player if things continue.
The reactions have been all over Twitter both leading up to, and in the wake of Bellinger winning the prestigious award.
Cody Bellinger has been named the NL Player of the Month. All he did was lead the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, home runs and RBIs. He finished each of the last two seasons with 4.2 Baseball-Reference WAR. After one month this year, it's 3.7.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 2, 2019
On behalf of all @Dodgers owners and fans, congratulations to @Cody_Bellinger on his record setting month and leading our @Dodgers to a first place standing in the western division of the National League! Cody has broken 3 MLB records and tied 2 for the month of April!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 1, 2019
Just a friendly reminder that it’s May and Cody Bellinger is still hitting .429, OPSing 1.379 and leading all of MLB in both the traditional Triple Crown categories (.429 BA, 14 HR, 38 RBI) and the Triple Slash Crown (.429 BA, .504 OBP, .875 SLG).
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 2, 2019
"You could make the argument that this might be the best all-around offensive start to a year that we have ever seen."
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 30, 2019
Of course, this was the first time in Bellinger’s young career that he has won this particular award. Without question, the toughest part of having a historic month to begin a season is following it up with the rest of the games that follow.
However, there’s little doubt that Bellinger has made serious adjustments to his approach. Moreover, the adjustments he’s made offensively should continue to serve him well for the rest of 2019 and beyond. This is a different player we are watching develop – and the end result could be scary in terms of his ceiling.
Most of all, congratulations Cody! From all of Dodgers Nation. That’s a month no one will ever forget.
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