Cody Bellinger Named to All-MLB First Team

(Los Angeles Times photo)

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)


25 thoughts on “Cody Bellinger Named to All-MLB First Team

  1. Well deserved He carried the team on his back for most of the first two months. Headlines on the Dodger website are so irritating. Dodgers focused, 12 elite players targeted. Sounds like they are playing a video game. AF is as slow as a turtle. Just once I would like to see him get a jump on the competition, but no, he just moves along slowly and the really good players end up somewhere else. Even though most of the blogs have the Dodgers as the favorites to land Rendon, I do not believe it for one minute. I think and honestly believe they come away from the meetings with zero free agent signings and not one significant trade. Giants signed one and traded for one, and Ol Andy sits on his THUMBS>


  2. Cody Bellinger. 9 WAR All Everything MVP. 9 WAR is a lot of WAR. How many times can he do that? He’s 23. Is he Trout? Or is he Harper, who had 10 WAR at age 22 and hasn’t come close since. You just never know.


  3. Neither one matches up with Scherzer in game 2 against Nationals not to mention Yankees! Our chances next year rests with Urias and/or May making a Buehler leap into 2nd ace territory. Can’t imagine Bumgardner a Dodger and certainly not for 100 mil plus!


  4. What great deal for New York. The deal looks huge but in reality it’s just a 5 year $180 million deal if they choose to opt out. I would have gladly paid that AAV for just 5 years. Now AF needs to get on bringing Ryu back before it’s too late. I refuse to believe MadBum will ever wear a Dodgers uniform as I would probably vomit if that happened.


  5. I’d have absolutely no problem with Madbum wearing Dodger blue but I seriously doubt he would come here unless we were the only contender who offered him good money, and I think he’ll have about six or seven teams after him. I just don’t see him liking the L.A.-Hollywood vibe.
    Madbum, Ryu, Kluber, ? – Friedman will get someone but it won’t be Cole or Strasburg.
    Question is will he spend the money on Rendon now or let the Rangers outbid him?


  6. It’s not an opt out for Yankees. It’s an opt out for Cole and he won’t be opting out! Love to know what AF’s best offer was! I’m guessing 8/288 or so


      1. Maybe Cole is just an American League guy. There are many Angel fans here in Orange County that do not like the Dodgers. He may be one. It may have come down to what American League team he thought offered him the best chance to win. That ain’t the Angels. Or, maybe when it comes to having to hit, he is just a chicken sh*t sissy pants. Whatever, provided he passes the physical, he and his movie star looks wife are New Yorkers now. Gerrit Schmerrit. May you never sniff a championship in that awful city.


  7. I don’t blame him for not coming to Anaheim, they are still a long way from being competitive. He has a chance to win a WS every year now, plus have the largest contract ever given to a pitcher.

    Over the last several years a lot of players are getting hosed by the QO, and the fact they are being held down in the minors. Most players aren’t even getting to FA until they are in their late twenties or early thirties, teams don’t want to sign older players now , and I understand why. So players like Cole have to get these big milestone contracts so the bar gets raised, and some of these lower paid players Get a fairer contract.

    Madbum, and Ryu should be sending a big thank you to Cole, they were looking at contracts of less than twenty mil for Three maybe four years, now these guys stand a good chance of getting nine figure contracts.


    1. Cole was guaranteed the largest contract ever by 3 teams, 2 of which are in his home state, actually his home region. He took the largest contract offered and it was offered by the most powerful organization in baseball. Whether it was LA or NY he knew whichever place he chose would be immediate favorites. He chose the big lights. But, nothing is guaranteed. There will be an enormous amount of pressure on him to bring a championship to New York. I hope it never happens, but I won’t be surprised if it does.


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