While it isn’t the first time in the recent past that Cody Bellinger is drawing comparisons to Barry Bonds, it was still impressive.
Nonetheless, Dave Roberts appeared on The Jim Rome Show; and he was there to discuss Bellinger’s impressive 2019 season, among other Dodgers’ topics. You can check out the entire segment in the video below.
Furthermore, Roberts believes that there is just one player that Bellinger could be compared to this season. That player is none other than the sport’s all-time home run leader, Barry Bonds.
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“The only person I can relate it to is Barry Bonds. I played against him when he was so special. But even at that point in time he wasn’t doing what Cody is doing on a daily basis. Defensively, and an MVP (candidate) running out an infield single when we are up 14 runs. That’s what we are getting from him, backing up bases, and being a great teammate.”
While you consume that quote – and the fact that Bellinger brings different ways to win to the table than that of Bonds – there is more to behold.
When looking at the regard and class that Roberts holds Bonds’ within, you realize what the Dodgers have in Bellinger right now. Without question, Roberts has seen a ton of baseball in his life. And he says Bonds was the best he ever laid eyes on.
“There was no one better. I remember being in many scouting meetings with the Dodgers where they didn’t want to let Bonds beat us. I have tried to retrieved many balls that ended up in the bleachers off his bat. I’m not sure we will ever see something like him again.”
However – just earlier in the interview – Roberts admitted that Bellinger takes him back to a time in his baseball life that brings Bonds to mind. In that sense, we are all witnessing something very special take place with Bellinger in 2019.
Now, he just needs to finish this off and bring home the MVP hardware.