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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Talks About Christian Yelich’s Season-Ending Injury

Belli versus Yeli was fun while it lasted.

Obviously, Christian Yelich’s unfortunate season-ending injury on Tuesday night has a ripple effect on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Indeed, Yelich served as Cody Bellinger’s running-mate for the NL MVP award for the majority of the 2019 regular season. Now, Bellinger journeys through the final few weeks of September with a different set of contenders; even if he is contending against himself.

Certainly, Bellinger had some thoughts when he learned of Yelich’s season-ending fractured knee cap. Bill Plunkett of the OC Register writes about what Bellinger and Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts had to say about baseball losing one of it’s brightest stars for the rest of 2019.

First, Bellinger simply thought of an unfortunate incident occurring to a player he’s become friends with.

“My first thought, honestly, was how (terrible) that is,” Bellinger said. “We’ve gotten pretty close over the years. I don’t know, man, it definitely (stinks).

While Bellinger hopes to see Yelich back in action and challenging for the 2020 NL MVP alongside him (best of three, anyone?), he says that the award for 2019 remains firm in his mind.

“I think the MVP thought has been in the back of your mind because you hear about it every game,” said Bellinger, who hears the “M-V-P” chants from Dodgers fans at home and on the road. “But I really have no idea what the voters are looking for. I don’t even know who votes so I don’t know how this affects it.”

Finally, Roberts tells Plunkett that Yelich’s injury does not run parallel to Bellinger winning the Most Valuable Player award. Without question, Bellinger will need to go out and win it; according to his skipper.

“Cody’s still got to go out there and play and play well,” Roberts said. “If he does that, it’ll take care of itself. And if he doesn’t, that’ll take care of itself too.”

In conclusion, I will fondly remember the summer (and spring) of Bellinger vs. Yelich. For several months, it was everything the sport needed to revive things a little bit and kick up interest in two different regions. We all took a loss when Yelich went down with a season ending injury, and the role he played in pushing Bellinger to be his best day after day was an invaluable piece in his 2019 season.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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    • Agree, sucks for the sport. Wish I could freeze guys like Yelich in their prime and watch them for 20 years at that age.

  1. My reaction to the breaking news was a huge gasp, followed by a pit in my stomach. This is so sad for such a superstar to come to a crash landing, right before the finish line. Truly heartbreaking. He is talented, fun, and a good friend to Bellinger and the Dodgers. I will miss the #Belli & #Yelli ads, clips, snippets, secret chats on the field, and just all around good, healthy, legitimate, honorable, and fun competition. They got some new HR competition late in the season, but it was Belli & Yelli for nearly the entire season. I wish him a speedy and healthy recovery.

  2. It is a tough situation for sure, for obviously Yelich of course but also for Bellinger , as friends never want this type of thing to happen to one or the other. Pacificrk was right on here as well.

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