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Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger Receives 2017 NL Rookie Of The Year Award

Apr 29, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Is it really any surprise? On Monday, the Baseball Writers Association of America voted Cody Bellinger as the unanimous 2017 National League Rookie of the Year! On the American League side of things, Aaron Judge was voted the unanimous 2017 Rookie of the Year, making it just the fourth time in MLB history that both recipients were unanimous winners.

Cody Bellinger debuted in San Francisco on April 25th and fans immediately fell in love. He ended the season with a slash line of .267/.352/.581, 39 home runs (1st on Dodgers), 97 runs batted in (1st on Dodgers), and an OPS of .933. His 39 home runs were also the second most in the National League, only behind Giancarlo Stanton’s 59 home runs. Even better, those 39 home runs are the most ever hit by a National League rookie!

This is the second year in a row that a Dodger takes home the award. Check out the full list of Dodgers players to win the Rookie of the Year Award below!

  • Jackie Robinson (1947)
  • Don Newcombe (1949)
  • Joe Black (1952)
  • Jim Gilliam (1953)
  • Frank Howard (1960)
  • Jim Lefebvre (1965)
  • Ted Sizemore (1969)
  • Rick Sutcliffe (1979)
  • Steve Howe (1980)
  • Fernando Valenzuela (1981)
  • Steve Sax (1982)
  • Eric Karros (1992)
  • Mike Piazza (1993)
  • Raul Mondesi (1994)
  • Hideo Nomo (1995)
  • Todd Hollandsworth (1996)
  • Corey Seager (2016)

Cody Bellinger winning this award should not shock anybody, especially since he was arguably the MVP of the team with the most wins in baseball. Here is what he had to say after receiving the award:

I have to give a lot of credit to Paul and Josh too, unbelievable players. And like I said, to take this award home with me is really special.

Now that the season is over, I’m really trying to reflect on how crazy that this season was. To have this award right now to top it off and to be apart of those big name guys is really special to me.

What was your favorite Cody Bellinger moment from this season? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Alex Perez

Whittier College Alumnus.
Editor In Chief of Dodgers Nation.
Lifelong Dodgers fan.

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  1. Of all Cody’s homeruns, the one he hit in NY was by far the most hair raising of them all bc of the sound he made when bat met ball! It truly sounded like a gun going off! The coolest sound I’ve ever heard off a homerun! When Cody connects it’s usually flush!

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