On Monday, Cody Bellinger was awarded NL Player of the Week honors for the third time in his young career. Moreover, at press time; the guy is hitting .440 with a 1.460 OPS. That goes along nicely with seven home runs and 19 runs batted in. Certainly, Bellinger is doing it all right now for the Dodgers. For instance, he is the reason you clicked through and read this.
Bellinger is exciting, he is scintillating, he is interesting; it seems anything is possible with him on a baseball field.
And on Tuesday, Bellinger joined MLB Network prior to the Dodgers’ game in St. Louis with the Cardinals to talk about his accomplishment.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) April 9, 2019
When asked about his favorite part of the last week that was, Bellinger surprised me with his answer.
“Um, probably the amount of games that we won to be honest. We are rolling as a team right now, we’re feeling pretty good.”
Surely, I thought he was going to say the grand slam off Madison Bumgarner. However, Bellinger said all the right things in this interview.
Bellinger was asked about his success against left-handed pitching, and if it was on his mind in terms of playing every single day.
“Obviously no one ever wants to do that (platoon). We have two new hitting coaches in Rob (Van Scoyoc) and Brownie (Brant Brown) who have done a great job with me and a lot of the guys on our team. I just wanted to learn from them – so I went in with an open mind and watched a lot of video. Just learning what I was good at, and what I wasn’t good at so I can be the best player I can be.”
Lastly, Bellinger went on to discuss Clayton Kershaw’s presence in the clubhouse, technology usage by the Dodgers, and reacted to his 2018 to 2019 approach on screen. It’s a really good interview worth the five minute watch. MLB Network deserves some kudos for having Bellinger on the show.
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