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.
Admittedly, being that we generally stay away from posts involving game recaps, I was still a bit torn as to whether to write a story regarding Cody Bellinger‘s monumental evening on Saturday against the Marlins. Furthermore, I thought there would be a small chance that Bellinger would capture his third NL Player of the Week award on Monday, so I figured I’d put something together then, oblivious to the series that Washington’s Anthony Rendon had against the Reds over the weekend. Regardless, I figured it’s about time to give the latest rookie sensation of the Dodgers some well-deserved ink. And considering it’s been awhile since we’ve cited some witty song lyrics, I was even gonna drop a few lines from the 1999 Fatboy Slim hit song, but I decided to save those for a point later in the year when the more prestigious awards began to roll in.
If you’re a Dodgers fan of a certain age, you well remember the string of Rookie of the Year Awards that the Dodgers had won, starting in 1979 with Rick Sutcliffe and ending in 1982 with Steve Sax. The end of this string was the beginning of the Dodgers being on my radar, and Steve Sax was my first love (I was 6 years old). Later, LA had another string of Rookies of the Year starting in 1992 with Eric Karros and ending with Todd Hollandsworth in 1996. In fact, the Dodgers now have 17 ROYs, more than double of any other club.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was unanimously selected as the National League’s Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year on Monday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in voting which took place just before the end of the regular season.