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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Wins Fielding Bible Award

The Fielding Bible Award is the biggest defensive honor outside of the Gold Glove.

Cody Bellinger made major strides in his game in 2019. Obviously, at the plate he chipped in one of the best offensive first halves the game has ever seen. He finished with a .305 batting average and a 1.035 OPS. On the other side of the ball, though, Bellinger was arguably even better.

Bellinger’s versatility across the field — from first base to center and right field — was a key to success for the Dodgers in 2019. It was not just the versatility itself, though. It was the impact he made at every position he played that made it all the more impressive. Collectively, Bellinger put together an elite 26 defensive runs saved (DRS) across the three positions and chipped in a ridiculous 19 DRS in right field — in limited time.

Because of his defensive prowess, he has been awarded the Fielding Bible Award, per Sports Info Solutions.

Cody Bellinger took it home and rightfully so. Here was Sports Info Solutions’ explanation for Bellingers selection:

Bellinger racked up defensive runs saved early in the season, setting a pace that was tough to mach. His 19 defensive runs saved matched Aaron Judge for the most at the position [right field]. Bellinger’s winning ended a three-year award-winning run by Mookie Betts. Like Betts, Bellinger has great range and a terrific throwing arm. Bellinger, Betts, and Brian Anderson of the Marlins tied for the lead among right fielders with five outfield arm runs saved. He is the first Dodgers outfielder to win a Fielding Bible Award.

Hopefully this is a foreshadowing for Cody Bellinger taking home the big prize — the Gold Glove. Maybe he won’t stop there as he figures to be in the Silver Slugger and MVP conversations. Belli could be collecting hardware this off-season.

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. You made it sound like this is a one man award. How about announcing other winners of the 2019 Fielding Bible Awards? Adam Dunn (oops) Cody Bellinger is not the ONLY player that won this award.

    1st Base – Matt Olson
    2nd Base – Kolten Wang
    3rd Base – Matt Chapman
    Shortstop – Nick Ahmed
    Left Field – David Peralta
    Center Field – Lorezno Cain
    Right Field – Adam Dunn (aka Cody Bellinger)
    Catcher – Roberto Perez
    Pitcher – Zach Greinke

  2. Adam Dunn??? No comparison. Cody led LA in BA, runs, RBI’s, HRs, BB’s, SB’s. Dunn was a .240 hitter. Had one year below .200 I believe. Dunn was average at best in the field. Cody will win a Gold Glove in the Outfield and maybe one at first before it is over. Dunn had a 16.9!!!!! WAR for his career. Cody had a 9.0 this YEAR. And is at 17.4 WAR for his career. 3 years. Dunn had 14 years. Enough said. Great article, Dan.

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