The Dodgers post-season accolades just keep piling up in 2019. It was announced today that Cody Bellinger and Hyun-jin Ryu were both named to the all-MLB teams as Los Angeles’ lone representatives.
Cody Bellinger made the all-MLB first team and Hyun-Jin Ryu made the second team.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) December 10, 2019
Cody Bellinger was named to the first team following one of the best offensive seasons in Dodgers’ history. Bellinger compiled a .305/.406/.629 slash line en route to an MVP award in the National League. He hit a career-high 47 home runs and knocked in 115 runs in the process.
Hyun-jin Ryu made the second team after a season that saw him take second in Cy Young voting. Ryu pitched to a pristine 2.32 ERA to go along with his 14 wins, although he faltered down the stretch.
Ryu is currently testing the free-agent market, though the Dodgers have expressed interest in bringing him back to Los Angeles. Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Justin Verlander took home the honors for the first team starting pitchers.
Bellinger joins Mike Trout of the Angels and Christian Yelich of the Brewers in the first team all-MLB outfield. Trout finished up as the MVP winner for the American League in 2019.
Your All-MLB first team outfield. pic.twitter.com/9dUoTvDa5E
— MLB (@MLB) December 10, 2019
Putting Ryu on the second team is an interesting decision given his position in the Cy Young voting. But hey, voting in Major League Baseball is a flawed system, so I won’t argue with that. Two guys making the all-MLB teams is more than most teams can dream of in a season.
Official Press Release
San Diego, CA – Major League Baseball today announced the inaugural selections for the All-MLB Team presented by Scotts. The first and second teams were determined by a combination of voting from fans and a decorated panel of 30 media members, broadcasters, former players and other officials throughout the game. Each player named to the All-MLB First or Second Team will receive a trophy to commemorate his selection.
The 2019 All-MLB First Team winners include catcher J.T. Realmuto of the Philadelphia Phillies; first baseman Pete Alonso of the New York Mets; second baseman DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees; shortstop Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox; third baseman Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals; outfielders Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers; designated hitter Nelson Cruz of the Minnesota Twins; starting pitchers Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros, Jacob deGrom of the Mets, and Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals; and relief pitchers Josh Hader of the Brewers and Kirby Yates of the San Diego Padres.
Second Team All-MLB selections include Chicago White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal, who starred for the Brewers in 2019; first baseman Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves; second baseman Jose Altuve of the Astros; shortstop Marcus Semien of the Oakland Athletics; third baseman Alex Bregman of the Astros; outfielders Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Braves, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox and Juan Soto of the Nationals; designated hitter Yordan Alvarez of the Astros; starting pitchers Zack Greinke of the Astros, Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers, Jack Flaherty of the St. Louis Cardinals, Charlie Morton of the Tampa Bay Rays and Mike Soroka of the Braves; and relief pitchers Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees and Liam Hendriks of the Athletics.
Eleven of the 32 players named to the All-MLB Teams (34.4%) hail from seven countries outside of the United States, including Cuba (3), the Dominican Republic (2), Venezuela (2), Aruba (1), Australia (1), Canada (1) and South Korea (1). In addition, the teams feature six players age 24-or-younger, including Acuña (21), Soto (21), Alvarez (22), Soroka (22), Alonso (24) and Bellinger (24).