Cody Bellinger was named to the All-MLB first team as Major League Baseball today announced the inaugural selections. The first and second teams were determined by a combination of voting from fans and a decorated panel of 30 media members, broadcasters, former players and other officials throughout the game. Each player named to the All-MLB first or second team will receive a trophy to commemorate his selection.
Free agent starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was named to the second team.
The 2019 All-MLB first team winners include catcher J.T. Realmuto of the Philadelphia Phillies; first baseman Pete Alonso of the New York Mets; second baseman DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees; shortstop Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox; third baseman Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals; Bellinger of the Los Dodgers, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers; designated hitter Nelson Cruz of the Minnesota Twins; starting pitchers Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros, Jacob deGrom of the Mets, and Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals; and relief pitchers Josh Hader of the Brewers and Kirby Yates of the San Diego Padres.
Second team All-MLB selections include Chicago White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal, who starred for the Brewers in 2019; first baseman Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves; second baseman Jose Altuve of the Astros; shortstop Marcus Semien of the Oakland Athletics; third baseman Alex Bregman of the Astros; outfielders Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Braves, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox and Juan Soto of the Nationals; designated hitter Yordan Alvarez of the Astros; starting pitchers Zack Greinke of the Astros, Ryu of the Dodgers, Jack Flaherty of the St. Louis Cardinals, Charlie Morton of the Tampa Bay Rays and Mike Soroka of the Braves; and relief pitchers Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees and Liam Hendriks of the Athletics.
Eleven of the 32 players named to the All-MLB Teams (34.4%) hail from seven countries outside of the United States, including Cuba (3), the Dominican Republic (2), Venezuela (2), Aruba (1), Australia (1), Canada (1) and South Korea (1). In addition, the teams feature six players age 24-or-younger, including Acuña (21), Soto (21), Alvarez (22), Soroka (22), Alonso (24) and Bellinger (24).
Bellinger, in his third season with the Dodgers, appeared in a team-high 156 games, hitting .305 (170-for-558) with 34 doubles, 47 homers and 115 RBI. He ranked among the NL leaders in batting average (.305, 9th), OBP (.406, 3rd), slugging percentage (.629, 2nd), OPS (1.035, 3rd), total bases (351, 1st), home runs (47, 3rd), runs (121, 2nd), RBI (115, 7th), walks (95, 6th) and extra-base hits (84, 2nd).
Bellinger concluded his regular season campaign recording career-highs in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, walks and stolen bases (15). He finished fourth in the Majors in homers and third in franchise history with 47 homers in a season, finishing behind only Shawn Green (49) and Adrian Beltre (48). His 26 homers at Dodger Stadium set a new franchise record for homers at home, while his 18 homers against left-handed pitchers were the most in the National League.
Bellinger was also announced as the 2019 National League MVP on November 14.
(Jon Chapper provided some of the information furnished in this report)