Cody Bellinger Nominated for Gold Glove Award

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While the majority of the regular season awards won’t be announced until after the World Series is over, Rawlings Sports today announced the finalists for their Gold Glove Award. Only one Dodger made the cut – Cody Bellinger was nominated for his superb play in right field.

The two other players nominated in the right field category were Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies and Jason Hayward of the Chicago Cubs.

Bellinger should have no problem winning this Gold Glove. He led all qualified Major League right fielders with 19 defensive runs saved and all qualified National League right fielders with a .990 fielding percentage. He also ranked second among NL right fielders with a 9.5 ultimate zone rating and 10 outfield assists.

As Dodger fans well know, right field was not the only defensive position that Bellinger played during the season, although it is where he spent the majority of his time. He played 911 1/3 innings in right field, as well as 230 innings at first base and 170 2/3 innings in center field.

Dave Roberts predicted that Cody would win a Gold Glove in September.  “Defensively, he’s going to win the Gold Glove in right field this year — could’ve won it at first base or in center field. The versatility he provides is very valuable.”

Cody is the first Dodger nominated for the Gold Glove since Yasiel Puig was nominated in 2017, also for playing in right field. The last Dodger to win the award was Zack Greinke who won in both 2014 and 2015, and Adrian Gonzalez who won in 2014.

Bellinger is also presumably in the running for NL MVP, although that is not as sure of a lock as the Gold Glove award might be. He started the season hotter than almost any other player ever, batting over .400 well into May. He cooled and continued to decline as the season went on, ultimately finishing the season with a .305/.406/.629/1.035 slash line, 47 home runs and 34 doubles.

Christian Yelich, another NL MVP hopeful, was named the 2019 Hank Aaron Award winner as the most outstanding offensive player, leading some to believe that that award was a precursor to Yelich being named MVP. The Hank Aaron Award is voted on by the players themselves. Yelich led the NL with a .329 batting average and launched 44 long balls. He missed much of September due to injury.

The awards for Gold Glove will be announce November 3rd on ESPN.

35 thoughts on “Cody Bellinger Nominated for Gold Glove Award

    1. Defense adds points in the eyes of the voters if it is a difference maker. Cody is a top of the list defender. Even his second half slump did not affect his defensive prowess. Me, I move the guy to CF. Verdugo is more than adequate in right.

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  1. 19 defensive runs saved? What’s the best DRS for a first baseman?

    Why didn’t the Asstros play like this against us two years ago?

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    1. Guess they are a little shell shocked right now, they fired the assistant GM for his Osuna outburst. You were right about the Padres hire,Tingler….I saw that movie too. Best thing about it was Price… He was always creepy…..best horror flick he did was House of Wax, with The Fly being a close second.

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      1. Yeah that was pretty scary. I loved Karloff too. When he and Price teamed up in The Raven it was great. Pretty comical too. Care less about this series my friend…just looking forward to the hot stove season now.

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      2. I believe I went to see The Raven at Hwy 39 Drive In Theater. Didn’t see much of it, if you know what I mean. That film was directed by Roger Corman, the same guy who did the Skarktopus series. As impressive as that may make me sound, it isn’t. I just looked it up.

        Hwy 39 Drive In was kinda famous. It was the largest drive in theater in the West. 1600 car capacity and a screen 10 stories high.

        We’re old man.

        And this is the conversation we get in the off season, which as far as I am concerned started a couple weeks ago.

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      3. Yeah. we definitely are old. Back in the 90’s there was a 6 screen drive in right off of the 405 and the 110. South Bay Six. Never ever bought any popcorn at a drive in. Always made my own.

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  2. George Lombard has been interviewed for the Pirates managerial opening.
    Chaim Bloom of the Rays is considered the front runner for the Red Sox GM job.
    Looks like the rest of MLB is getting smart and pulling people from the more successful franchises, or maybe it’s always been that way. Bloom has been second choice for about 25 different openings in the last few years. Hope he finally gets his chance. Seems like a very bright guy.
    Who should we replace George with if he leaves?

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    1. He is the first base, running and outfield coach. So you need someone with those skill sets. But coaches are pretty much interchangeable and usually it really does not matter who is coaching first. Geren was supposed to be a candidate for a managers job, but he has not even been interviewed.

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  3. Brrrrrrrr it is frippen cold outside. wind blowing about 40 miles an hour and it is 28 degrees out there. Quick name the last Dodger outfielder to win a gold glove.

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      1. Yeah, we’re good. Thanks for your concern guys. The last one was much closer to us, although with the winds gusting to about 60 mph a fire can travel a long ways in a hurry. Not unpacking my evac stuff for a few days. You never know.
        Last Dodger Gold Glove outfielder? Did Willie D ever win it?

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  4. The 3 dog won 3 of them. The last Dodger outfielder to win was Andre Eithier and , Matt Kemp in 2011. The last Dodger to win one was Zack Greinke. And he did it twice. The most by any LA Dodger are Wes Parker’s six.

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    1. Wes Parker was a pleasure to watch around first base and I still enjoy watching Greinke play and think the game of baseball. His last year here was perfection, from pitching to hitting to fielding to outthinking the competition.
      Another guy I used to love to watch was Darrell Thomas who played all over the diamond for a couple of years in the late 70’s. Watching him play center field was an absolute thing of beauty.

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      1. Wes was a pretty decent center fielder too. I know him, he was the one who got me the National Anthem gig. He came to see a show I was doing in Long Beach, and we struck up a friendship. Nice guy. He met me in the dugout and gave me a ball that I got a bunch of players to sign. Darrell Thomas, blast from the past. He used to drive Tommy nuts because he would make basket catches like Mays. You can look through their history and the Dodger have had some defensive whiz’s out there in center. Snider when he was playing was a very good defensive guy, then Willie D. Kenny Landreaux and even Billy North and Otis Nixon spent some time out there. Kemp was damn good when he came up defensively, but after he crashed into the wall at Coors, it pretty much was downhill after that. The ankle injury took his speed.

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      2. Yup, Thomas made Tommy crazy with those basket catches, but oh was he fun to watch patrol center field. Nothing got by him.
        Parker is a smart guy and very well spoken. I was always kind of surprised that he didn’t wind up as part of the broadcast team after his career ended. On the other hand, since he was quite intelligent, he probably had interests outside of baseball that he decided to pursue.

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      3. He actually used to do the post game show. That was around 80-81. His dad owned a machine shop in Santa Monica. That is where I dropped the cassette tape of me singing the anthem that he took to the stadium. He dabbled in acting and actually had a part on a soap opera. Never got married as far as I know. Michael Olt, and Michael Sanders both retire…Olt is 31 and Sanders 32.

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      4. Parker was from Brentwood. He went to Harvard. (The Military Academy, not the University) I thought I read somewhere he showed up as a rookie in a limo.

        “Los Angeles Times sportswriter Jim Murray skewered Parker’s upbringing. “No wonder the Dodgers didn’t give him a bonus when he showed up. They thought he would run for it as soon as he found out dressing rooms didn’t have governesses. Wes didn’t even spit,” wrote Murray in a 1969 column. Another time, he observed, “Wes Parker’s neighbors were not sharecroppers, janitors or a collection of big city tap-outs. Gary Cooper lived right up the street. So did Cesar Romero, Fred MacMurray and a bank president or two. When Wes played ball in the backyard he broke some of the most famous windows in Hollywood.”

        But he could not ignore Parker’s prowess at first base: “Wes Parker was one of the most graceful athletes ever to play the game,” he said. “Watching him field a ball was like watching Nureyev dance. Whatever the mysterious quality called ‘coordination’ was he had more of it than the kids from the other side of the tracks.”

        Loved reading Jim Murray. Because of him, I thought if I didn’t play pro ball I would be a Sportswriter. I didn’t do either. I blame the Marine Corps. That’s my excuse for all my ef ups. The Marine Corps melted my brain.

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      5. At least the Marines don’t seem to have kept you from your music.
        Just think, if you’d gone into sports writing someone might be paying you to give your opinions on the state of the Dodgers.

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      6. What? You don’t get paid? Dennis sends me a check every month.

        The Marines do what they do. They blow sh*t up and kill whoever they are told to kill. They are quite good at it. I joined to stop the communist menace. I was an idiot. It’s not really the Marines fault. They were lied to as well. All that can twist the mind of a 20 year old. Yeah, we were wound pretty tight. Had to be to do what we did.

        Ok, tonight I am rooting for Houston. I don’t know why.

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  5. It was from you guys screwing your caps on instead of just putting them on your heads. You Gyrenes were just wound too tight. I had a Marine Major running one of our tests when we were getting Improved Hawk missiles. He had a wicked sense of humor. We were out in the desert outside of Ft. Bliss, and the Air Force was flying around pretending to be our targets. I was out by my radar with the operator, and all of a sudden his jaw dropped and he dove under the radar, I turned around to see what had startled the poor guy, and there was an F-100 about 75 feet above the deck coming right at us. It got over the BCC and the pilot, who was a LT. Col, kicked in the after burners and took off like a bat out of hell. The BCC, battery control central, started shaking like there was an earth quake and officers and men were jumping out of the damn thing. There stood the major, laughing his ass off, he had arranged with the Col to buzz us. Sick individual. LOL

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  6. I was not a jarhead…i was in the Army…..you know, the guys who actually know how to fight! LOL Have a lot of respect for Marines.,

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    1. My counselor at the PTSD clinic told me they had a lot more Army guys in therapy than they did Marines. Army units were made up of draftees, none of whom wanted to fight and Army moral suffered terribly because of it. Marines knew what they were there for, and I swear some of them had a sweet tooth for it. I did at first. Then I realized what was really going on over there.

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      1. The main reason for that is that the army is much larger than the Marine Corps, and yes, most of the guys who went to Nam were draftees. Guys who enlisted, like I did, usually had their choice of jobs, and you can bet your booty, not that many opted for the infantry. My basic training unit was all from California. And about 65 percent were draftees. Johnny Crawford was in our battalion. Yeah, that Johnny Crawford. he got assigned to the motion picture center in New York, go figure. A roller derby guy from the Thunderbirds was in our battalion too. Georgie Copeland. Big guy, about 6’6″. The Dodgers had one of their prize rookies drafted and he went to Nam, got wounded and never was the same player. You might remember the name, Roy Gleason. Looks like Eduardo Perez is the front runner for the Mets job, and Matheny the choice in KC.

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  7. Another win in Washingburg and we go back to Houston. But, who cares right? Washington is a national embarrassment and Houston is in Texas. Neither really represent America and they sure don’t represent the West. But, baseball is played everywhere so sometimes we have to put up with stuff like this. When there is no Dodger news we have to make stuff up. Here’s something that isn’t made up – it’s ice and snow in Denver. They might get 8”. What if the Rockies were in the Series this year?

    What if? That’s what Dodger fans talk about isn’t it. It’s 4:45 in the morning and I’m what iffing. I’ll need more coffee to keep what iffing. What iffing can be exhausting.

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    1. No doubt about it Scoop, it’s What Iffing season. I’ve done my share of What Iffing, but never at 4:45 in the morning. What does that feel like? (and why does this feel like a Seinfeld routine?)

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      1. Because Seinfeld made funny out of every day stuff. I’d like to think at this age we can see the global absurdity we live in and recognize the humor where we can. I’m better at it than I usta was, and I recognize you’re available for it.

        I haven’t slept a full night since we moved to Orange County. I’m usually up early for quiet time but it’s never quiet here.

        I’m open to conversation and debate about any issue, and can joke about most anything, though social and cultural sensitivities are, in my opinion, at an all time high. For example, I don’t know what Osuna did, but I also know from my own experience I had to crawl on my hands and knees to get away from a woman who was slapping the hell out of me over a misunderstanding. It was that or fight my way out of the house. She apologized later but what if I had defended myself and fought back? I go to jail. We don’t know what Osuna did but we do know it was resolved. And if you want to discuss child abuse I’m in but be prepared for some hard truths.

        As for the Dodgers and what happened we all have our opinion on it. WHAT IF Kershaw had mowed them down, Kelly did his 3 out thing and Jansen did what he is paid more than anyone with the same job is paid to do. We are in the Series against a flat Houston squad. But that movie is over and none of us liked the ending. Now what?
        We do the adult thing, accept what is and move on. Or not.

        I see it as more what ifs. It’s what if we can sign Cole and/or Rendon. What if we trade this guy for that guy or these young guys for that veteran guy. How about we ask Kershaw if he wants to finish his career in Texas and if so we accommodate him. What if we sign Smith and Wheeler and tee it up with the same basic group that lead the NL in scoring and won 106. What if we just wait and see what happens.

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      2. I try to laugh at the global absurdity, but find myself crying more often than not.
        Sorry you aren’t getting more sleep. Maybe it’s that 4:45 AM cuppa which is carrying all the way over to the following night’s sleep. I recommend you try chamomile tea.
        What If’s? Every year there is one YES! and 29 What If’s.

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  8. It’s the noise Scoop. When I came out to LA this spring, I did not get a decent nights sleep the entire time I was there. Here where I live, there is no background noise all night. No sirens, helicopters flying around, the sounds of traffic on the freeway. About the only noise I hear is when the wind is blowing and the flag is bumping the pole and that makes a ringing sound. Otherwise, it is dead quiet at night here. Probably was close to the same when you lived in Arizona.

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  9. One thing about living in a small town, you can block out a lot of the worlds BS. I do not watch the news, not interested in all the infighting and backstabbing going on in DC, or the sex lives of Hollywood big wigs. I live a peaceful quiet existence, which is exactly what I need at this point in my life. My sarcasm is my safety net. I can laugh off most anything. The only time I get really upset is when I see Roberts heading to the mound for another pitching change.

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    1. Bear, I feel as though you’re missing quite a bit with your sheltered existence there in Colo. As a friend, I’m going to do you a favor. Every morning I’m going to: A) Send you a complete rundown of all the news from the previous day, B) complete details of my sex life (I’m not particularly big, I don’t wear a wig, but I did attend Hollywood High) and C) want you to understand that there is no longer any backstabbing in DC. They just do it right in the chest now.

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      1. Not missing a thing. I watch NCIS, so I know exactly what is going on. And you are definitely right about DC. They stand right there and plunge that puppy in. Trouble is, I am old enough that I really do not care what they do. But if they mess with SSA much more, they are really gonna tickle the wrong Bear.

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