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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Has High Praise for MVP Hopeful Cody Bellinger

Doc is absolutely glowing about his star player at season’s end.

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Recently, I attempted to put into perspective what kind of season Cody Bellinger had for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019.

‘Basically, he was Mike Trout this year. He did Mike Trout things all year,’ I said to the person. While that seemed to suffice, it was a little inaccurate. Indeed, his stat line was Trout-esque. However, Bellinger played elite defense at three different positions on the baseball diamond.

Moreover, his value in doing so is being talked about by Jorge Castillo of the LA Times.

Additionally, his manager Dave Roberts was staunch in his support for his player. Furthermore, he made a short case for why Bellinger is the league’s most valuable.

You’re talking about the best player on the best team in the National League. And that encompasses, in the batter’s box, the runs scored, the runs driven in, homers, the impact that he has.

Defensively, he’s going to win the Gold Glove in right field this year. Could have won it at first base, in center field. The versatility that he provides is very valuable in the sense of that award.

Indeed, it’s hard to sum it up more succinctly than Roberts does to Castillo there. All season long, I noticed and talked about Bellinger’s different ways to beat the opponent. For instance, there were weeks he wouldn’t hit. Then, he would walk and steal a base or make a game-changing defensive play.

His skill set – which is partially made-up of his positional versatility – makes him a rare diamond in the game of baseball.

If you’re a team blessed enough to be able to run Bellinger out at one of those three spots 150 times in the regular season, the results will show up. Which is why his 9.0 bWAR will go down as one of the all-time elite seasons in Dodger history.

In 2019, you were treated to watching a true 5-tool, two-way player who could do it all. From start to finish, Bellinger showcased every skill there is on a baseball field. Hopefully, he’s recognized for his contributions to the Dodgers with an MVP award in November for doing so.

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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  1. Great article again, Clint. It looked earlier in the year that Cody would hit 11 WAR. He finished with 9.0 or 9.1. Still, this is the #1 WAR in baseball. Just thinking about Roberts’ assessment puts it in perspective. The plays made in the field. The game with both an assist on an out at third and at home as the right fielder. Home runs, 100 rbi’s, etc. The list goes on. Best player, best team, MVP.

  2. Numbers don’t lie – another way of measuring who is the most feared hitter in baseball – look at the intentional walk totals – Bellinger 21 – Franco – 19 – Yelich 16 – Trout 14 -…….just another stat that supports Bellinger instead of Yelich. For me, it’s been Bellinger’s defense and speed, that is what sets them apart. But apparently the baseball mainstream media does not want us talking about that.

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