Cody Bellinger Named 2019 National League MVP

The NL Most Valuable Player award was announced Thursday evening, and as was predicted from the very first month of the season, Cody Bellinger won his first MVP award.

“Just two years ago he was the National League Rookie of the Year, and now Cody Bellinger has the NL Most Valuable Player trophy as well,” Jack O’Connell, the Secretary treasurer for the BBWAA announced live on MLB Network.

Bellinger, surrounded by friends and family, including Cole Tucker of the Pittsburgh Pirates, was visibly moved when the award was announced. “It’s absolutely incredible. A little emotional, it’s pretty cool. It’s what you dream of man, for sure,” Bellinger remarked after learning of his win.

In his third season with the Dodgers, Bellinger appeared in a career-high 156 games, batting .305 with 37 doubles, 47 homers, and 115 RBI. He had career-highs in hits, runs scored, doubles, homers, RBI, walks and stolen bases. He also played three different positions and earned a Gold Glove in right field, something that may have swayed the voters in his direction.

Bellinger received 19 of the 30 first place votes and 10 second place votes, collecting 362 total points. Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich came in second with 10 first place and 18 second place votes, with a total of 317. Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals was third with one first, one second, and 24 third place votes for a total of 242 votes.

The Dodgers right fielder was the first Dodger position player to win NL MVP since Kirk Gibson in 1988, and the first Dodger overall since Clayton Kershaw in 2014. He joins Jackie Robinson and Don Newcombe to win both Rookie of the Year and MVP, and Steve Garvey and Maury Wills as Dodgers that won both a Gold Glove and MVP in the same season.

Several people connected with the Dodgers weighed in with their thoughts of Bellinger and his MVP season.

Dodger President, Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said, “On behalf of our ownership and the entire Dodger organization, I want to congratulate Cody on this special award. From the moment the 2018 season ended, he was a man on a mission to better understand his swing and to become a more complete hitter. The results of that work are being rewarded in the ultimate way. His name will forever be etched in franchise history alongside the distinguished list of Dodger greats. This is a special day for Cody Bellinger, his family and the Dodgers.”

Dodger Manager Dave Roberts was equally as proud: “I want to congratulate Cody on a tremendous season. Playing every game with passion and a focus on winning a baseball game was the impetus for this MVP campaign. There wasn’t one part of his game that he didn’t dominate. Finally, I’d like to thank him for putting the Dodgers and his teammates above all else.”

Kershaw: “I had a ton of fun watching him this year. It’s very well-deserved. What everyone says is true—great talent, great athlete, all that stuff… but man, he’s just a great baseball player and there is nothing else to say. Congratulations, Cody!”

And last, but not least, from 1974 NL MVP Steve Garvey: “Cody’s season showcased a complete player who excelled on offense and defense, while leading his team to a record-setting regular season. The award establishes you in an elite fraternity as those chosen as the best player. It stays with you a lifetime and there’s only one winner in each league every season. I’m extremely proud of Cody.”


Cody Bellinger Wins First Silver Slugger Award


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Cody Bellinger Snags First-Career Gold Glove Award

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As many fans expected, Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Cody Bellinger has been named the 2019 Rawlings National League Gold Glove award winner for right field.

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Cody Bellinger Nominated for Gold Glove Award


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.

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Corey Seager Named NL Player of the Week


The 2016 Rookie of the Year is peaking at the right time. Corey Seager has been named NL Player of the Week for the week ending September 21st. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

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Justin Turner to Receive 14th Annual Roy Campanella Award

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The Dodgers announced on Friday afternoon that third baseman Justin Turner was named the winner of the 14th annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodger player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. The award, which was voted upon by Dodger uniformed personnel, will be presented to Turner by Campanella’s daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, and his grandson, Malcom Campanella, before Saturday night’s contest against the Rockies.

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Justin Turner Named NL Player of the Month for August

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Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner has been named as the National League Player of the Month for August. The announcement was made early Tuesday on the MLB Network.

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Matt Kemp Earns Dodgers’ 2018 Heart & Hustle Award

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The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association on Tuesday afternoon announced Matt Kemp as the Los Angeles Dodgers 2018 Heart and Hustle Award winner. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

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Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Named National League Player of the Week


Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending June 3rd.

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Cody Bellinger Earns NL Rookie of the Year Honors


In almost every trade scenario for the Los Angeles Dodgers over the past two years, Cody Bellinger‘s name has been brought up as a potential player the other team coveted. The Dodgers always said no, he’s non-negotiable. That insistence to keep him has paid off. Monday, Cody Bellinger has been named the Jackie Robinson NL Rookie of the Year for the 2017 season. He becomes the 18th Rookie of the Year in the Dodgers organization.

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