We already know how Cody Bellinger feels about his 2019 playing time. Recently, Bellinger said he expects to play everyday for the Dodgers.
Now, Bellinger is talking to David Vassegh about the task of playing right field for the Dodgers. In the past, Bellinger said that he loved first base and center field. However, does he feel the same about right field?
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Due to his time in the minor leagues, Bellinger told Vassegh he has familiarity at the position.
I only had a few reps out there last year but I played right field a lot in the minor leagues. I played more right field than center field in the minor leagues.
However, familiarity; and actually liking the spot are two different things.
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Bellinger clarified his comments from his recent interview with The Athletic.
I think when you are reading a quote it is hard to give the context of what you are saying when you are having a conversation. When you are just reading quotes, you can portray it any way you want. I would say that’s the toughest part of doing interviews, not saying too much so that people don’t portray your interview wrong.
Moreover, he clarified that he’s confident but yet humble. He did not want his words to come off as arrogant in the interview with The Athletic.
Other tidbits from the interview:
- George Lombard hits great fungo on the back fields.
- Bellinger wanted to add strength and explosiveness in the offseason.
- He said he has never done yoga.
- His biggest takeaway from last year was how hard the game is, and not to take for granted when you’re having success.
- It’s a blessing to be able to play several positions at a high level, although it’s easier to play just one spot.
As your all-things-Bellinger correspondent, it’s always great to hear a new interview. I can’t wait to see Bellinger in regular season action in 2019, even if it’s at a relatively new position.