As the snow starts to fly in part of the northeast, the awards part of the season is starting to hit its stride.
Earlier this month, the award for the Rawlings Gold Glove was given out, and Cody Bellinger won for right field.
Bellinger now added another award to his shelf on Thursday afternoon. The Silver Slugger award winners were announced, and Cody won for right field in the National League.
Bellinger is the first Dodger to win the award since Corey Seager won back-to-back Silver Sluggers at shortstop in 2016 and 2017, and the first Dodger outfielder to win it since Matt Kemp in 2011. Overall, Cody is the fifth Dodger ever to win a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger in the same season. Dusty Baker won both in 1981, Russell Martin won both in 2007, Matt Kemp won in both 2009 and 2011, and Adrian Gonzalez won them both in 2014.
The Silver Slugger Award is given to the best offensive player at each position in each league. Bellinger earned his first award batting .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 121 runs scored and 115 RBI, posting career highs in each of those categories. He also had career-highs with 34 doubles and 95 walks, while striking out 108 times, a career-low.
After being the unanimous Rookie of the Year in 2017, Bellinger had a down year in 2018 but worked hard over the winter to come out swinging in 2019. He tied the Major League record for most home runs in March and April with 14 and had a 1.124 OPS with 30 home runs in the first half of the year. He added another 17 home runs in the second half of the season. He led all National League outfielders in homers and RBI. He also lead all National League defenders in WAR, and was tied for the highest fWAR at 7.8.
In addition to Giancarlo Stanton in 2017, Bellinger is the only player this decade to hit at least 45 home runs, 115 RBI, 120 runs and at least a 1.000 OPS in a single season. Cody also stole 15 bases this season, the first player to do so in addition to the other stats.
Bellinger has now hit at least 25 home runs and has amassed an OPS of .800 or higher in each of his first three seasons in the majors.
Bellinger has a chance to win two more awards during the offseason. The Platinum Glove Award is decided by fan voting for the best defensive player in each league. He is also one of three finalists for the National League MVP, which will be announced on November 14.