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Dodgers Reportedly Taking Gold Glove Award into Consideration With Cody Bellinger

Kenny Rosenthal dropping knowledge bombs at The Athletic

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers catches a drive by Josh Donaldson (not pictured) of the Atlanta Braves in the third inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star outfielder Cody Bellinger has notoriously had the expression “he’s a future gold glove winner” follow him around during his first few seasons in the bigs. However, usually the position he was tied to was first base. But he came into 2019 with the organization viewing him primarily as an outfielder, for at least the season. They had Max Muncy and David Freese to man the 1B position — of course, they would also mix Belli in a good amount, when it made sense.

That is until he separated his shoulder on a diving play at first early in May. After missing a couple of starts, Bellinger was back in the lineup and manager Dave Roberts had an announcement: Cody would now exclusively play the outfield.

Roberts has since eased his stance on the statement, but now Ken Rosenthal over at The Athletic tells us that the team may be looking beyond health when it comes to why Bellinger will continue to patrol right field.

They want him to win a Gold Glove Award. So much so they’re playing Joc Pederson out of position just to keep Cody in the the outfield. Rosenthal on the alignment:

The Dodgers, due to the return of A.J. Pollock, have been experimenting with Joc Pederson at first. Part of their thinking is that with a big division lead, they want to give Bellinger the chance to win a Gold Glove in right field. But against right-handed pitching, they know their best defensive alignment probably is Bellinger at first and Pollock, Pederson and Alex Verdugo in the outfield.

While this is not directly from the organization, it undoubtedly is the sentiment on the inside. If Cody were to bounce back and forth between positions, he would hurt his chances at winning the award.

MLB and award voters have yet to find the way to properly show any love toward utility type players. Perhaps one day they will, but until then, let’s keep Belli in the outfield and let him win the award that he deserves.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

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  1. It is going to be awful hard to keep the image of Cody’s game out of my head where he threw a runner out at home and then at third in the same game. The play at third will be on highlight reels for awhile. And the balls he gets to? He gets a great jump and catches balls that no one else catches. If I am a writer he is a shoe-in. Keep him in right! I think it is best for the team as well.

  2. This is awesome. This slipped through the cracks on my news front! I love that they’re gunning for this.

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