Cody James Bellinger (born July 13, 1995) is an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was named an All-Star and the National League's Rookie of the Year in 2017. Bellinger is the son of Clay Bellinger, who also played in MLB.
Bellinger with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017
|Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 35|
|First baseman / Outfielder|
|Born: July 13, 1995|
|April 25, 2017, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|MLB statistics |
(through July 16, 2019)
|Runs batted in||250|
|Career highlights and awards|
Bellinger played in the 2007 Little League World Series for the Chandler, Arizona team and played high school baseball at Hamilton High School in Chandler. He was a 2013 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American. While known primarily for his hitting ability, Bellinger also pitched for his high school and threw a four-hit, complete-game shutout with 10 strikeouts in a national tournament.
Bellinger was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft and signed with them on June 13, 2013, for a $700,000 signing bonus, despite a verbal commitment to play college baseball at the University of Oregon. He made his professional debut with the Arizona League Dodgers, batting .210 in 195 plate appearances. He had some difficulty making contact in his first pro season, striking out 46 times in 47 games but scouts said he showed promise and had lots of power potential.
In 2014, he was promoted to the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League and despite dealing with a shoulder injury early in the summer he hit .328 in 46 games for the Raptors. He played in 2015 with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and was selected to the mid-season California League all-star team as well as the post-season all-star team. In 128 games, he hit .264 with 30 homers (tied for 2nd in the league), leading the league in runs (97) and RBIs (103). He was given a non-roster invitation to Dodgers spring training in 2016. Bellinger was assigned to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers in the Texas League to start the 2016 season. In 114 games for Tulsa he hit .263 with 23 homers (3rd in the league), 59 walks (tied for 3rd in the league), and 65 RBIs (9th in the league), earning him a late-season promotion to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers, where he had six hits in 11 at bats (.545 average) and three home runs. Bellinger was assigned to the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League after the season and he participated in the Fall Stars Game of top prospects in the league.
Bellinger started in left field in his major league debut on April 25, 2017, against the San Francisco Giants, and had one hit in three at-bats, with an intentional walk. He was just the third Dodgers player in history to be intentionally walked in his debut (Chico Fernández, Dick Nen). Bellinger's first major league hit was an infield single off Neil Ramírez in the ninth inning of the same game. Bellinger hit his first major league home run on April 29 off Zach Eflin of the Philadelphia Phillies and followed that by hitting a second home run in the same game, this one off Héctor Neris. He was just the third Dodgers player with a two–home-run game among his first five starts, joining Charlie Gilbert (1940) and Yasiel Puig (2013). He hit his first grand slam on May 6, off Miguel Díaz of the San Diego Padres, as part of a career-high five RBI day. He was the first Dodgers player to hit five home runs within his first 11 games. Bellinger was named the National League Player of the Week for the first week of May. With nine home runs in May, Bellinger moved into a three-way tie with Joc Pederson (May 2015) and James Loney (September 2007) for most home runs by a Dodgers rookie in a calendar month. He was named the National League Rookie of the Month for May.
Bellinger hit two home runs against the Cincinnati Reds on June 11, then did so again in the Dodgers' next game—on June 13, against the Cleveland Indians—to become the first Dodgers player to hit two home runs in back-to-back games since Adrián Beltré in the 2004 season and he had four multi–home-run games in his first 45 games, becoming the fastest player in MLB history to accomplish that, besting Bob Horner who did so in 63 games in 1978. He again hit two home runs in a game on June 19, against the New York Mets, and in the process tied Wally Berger and Gary Sánchez for the fastest players to hit 20 home runs. On June 20, Bellinger became the first rookie in MLB history with 10 home runs in a 10-game span. He had his sixth multi–home-run game on June 25, against the Colorado Rockies, passing Mike Piazza to set a new Dodgers rookie record. He won his second player of the week award for his work that week. Bellinger was named to the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a reserve. He also competed in the Home Run Derby, advancing to the second round before falling to the eventual champion Aaron Judge. On July 15, he hit for the cycle against the Miami Marlins, the first rookie in franchise history to do so. On September 2, he hit his 35th home run of the season to tie Mike Piazza for the Dodgers rookie record. He broke the record the following day. He tied Wally Berger and Frank Robinson for the National League record when he hit his 38th home run on September 16. He hit his 39th on September 22 against the San Francisco Giants.
In his first season in the majors, Bellinger played in 132 games with a .267 batting average, 39 home runs, and 97 RBI. He was selected as the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year. He played in all 15 of the Dodgers games in the post-season, with a .219 batting average, three home runs and nine RBI. He also struck out 29 times in 64 at-bats. In Game 5 of the 2017 World Series, Bellinger came to bat in the fifth inning, and with two Dodgers on base, hit a home run. The three-run-home run temporarily put the Dodgers in the lead. He set the MLB record for most strikeouts in one postseason with 29 strikeouts, 17 strikeouts in the World Series alone. After the season, he was unanimously voted as the National League Rookie of the Year.
Bellinger played in 162 of the 163 games of the Dodgers' 2018 regular season, appearing at first base (110 games, 85 starts), center field (78 games, 50 starts), right field (5 games) and left field (1 game). He led the team in hits (145) and multi-hit games (41), slashing .260/.343/.470 with a .814 OPS and 25 home runs, 7 triples, 28 doubles, 76 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. He hit his first home run of the 2018 season on April 1, 2018, which was the 40th of his career, a milestone he reached in just 136 games, the third fewest number of games needed to hit 40 home runs, trailing Rudy York (129) and Mark McGwire (110) according to STATS, LLC. During the June 5-7 series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, Bellinger hit home runs in each of the 3 games of the series, then hit another home run against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium the following day, June 8th, to complete 4 home runs in 4 consecutive games for the first time in his career. In the 2018 National League West tie-breaker game on October 1, Bellinger hit a 2 run home run in the bottom of the 4th inning. Bellinger appeared in all 12 of the Dodgers' Postseason games and was awarded the 2018 NLCS MVP after his 13th inning walk-off single in Game 4 and his go-ahead 2 run home run in the second inning of game 7 in the Dodgers defeat of the Milwaukee Brewers to win the 2018 National League Pennant.
Bellinger got off to a torrid start in 2019, and on April 26 he hit his 13th home run of the season and set a new MLB record with 88 total bases before the month of May, a record previously set by Chase Utley with the 2008 Phillies. He also passed Matt Kemp for the Dodgers record for most home runs in that span. His 97 total bases, 37 RBI and 47 hits all established new major league records for before May 1, while his 14 home runs and 32 runs scored tied MLB records. He earned his first Player of the Month award in April 2019.
His "hot start" wasn't just a fluke, as he carried a .400 batting average into mid-May and finished the first half in the top 5 in the NL in average, home runs, RBI, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. He was voted as the right fielder for the National League in the 2019 All Star game and set a new Dodgers franchise record with 30 home runs before the All-Star Game.
Bellinger's family is of French, German, and Greek heritage and his father, Clay, played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees and Anaheim Angels. His younger brother, Cole Bellinger, was the winning pitcher for Hamilton High School (Chandler, Arizona) in both the 2016 and 2017 state-championship games and was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 15th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
| Hitting for the cycle
July 15, 2017
The 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers season was the 128th for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their 60th season in Los Angeles, California. They finished the season with the most wins in Los Angeles team history with a major league best 104 wins (2nd best in overall team history, tied with the 1942 team and behind only the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers). They won their fifth straight National League West championship and swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in three games in the Division Series. They advanced to the National League Championship Series for the second year in a row and the third time in five seasons, where they faced the Chicago Cubs for the second year in a row. They defeated the Cubs in five games and advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1988, where they lost to the Houston Astros in seven games.2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 88th edition of the Major League Baseball All Star Game. The game was hosted by the Miami Marlins and was played at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017. It was televised nationally by Fox. The game was the first since 2002 whose outcome did not determine home-field advantage for the World Series; instead, the team with the better regular-season record will have home-field advantage. The Marlins were announced as the hosts on February 10, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; the game was the Marlins' first time hosting, leaving the Tampa Bay Rays as the only MLB franchise not to have hosted an All-Star game.
The Marlins initially were slated to host the 2000 All-Star Game, prior to having it revoked by then-National League president Len Coleman due to the concerns of both the franchise's long-term viability in the South Florida market, along with the habitually low attendance figures at Pro Player Stadium. That game was eventually moved to Turner Field in Atlanta.
The American League won, 2–1, in 10 innings. Robinson Canó, second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, hit the game winning home run for the American League and was named the 2017 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.2017 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby
The 2017 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby was a home run hitting contest between eight batters from Major League Baseball (MLB). The derby was held on July 10, 2017, at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, the site of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game. On July 5, the participants were announced. Aaron Judge won, becoming the first rookie to win the event outright.2017 National League Championship Series
The 2017 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Los Angeles Dodgers against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2017 World Series. The series was a rematch of the 2016 NLCS, which Chicago won four games to two en route to their first World Series victory since 1908. This was just the 10th time two teams have met in at least two straight League Championship Series, which have existed since divisional play began in 1969. The Dodgers beat the Cubs in five games to win the NL pennant for the first time in 29 years, their last one in 1988.
This was the first time in history that the NLCS and ALCS teams were from the four most populous U.S. cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; this NLCS was sponsored by Camping World and was officially known as the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.The Dodgers would go on to lose to the Houston Astros in the World Series in seven games.2018 Los Angeles Dodgers season
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They defeated the Colorado Rockies in the 2018 National League West tie-breaker game to claim their sixth straight National League West Championship and became the first team to win six straight division championships since the New York Yankees won nine straight from 1998-2006 and only the third overall (the Atlanta Braves won 14 from 1991-2005). They opened the playoffs by defeating the Atlanta Braves in four games in the Division Series and defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games in the National League Championship Series. It was the third straight NLCS appearance for the Dodgers, a franchise record and the second consecutive National League pennant. They lost to the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series, their second straight World Series loss. The Dodgers became the first team to lose back-to-back World Series since the Texas Rangers did so in 2010 and 2011, and the first National League team to do so since the Braves in 1991 and 1992.2018 National League Championship Series
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The series was the 49th in league history, with Fox airing all games in the United States. This series was the first time two teams that won their division in a tiebreaker game faced each other in a playoff series, as well as the first postseason match-up between the Brewers and Dodgers. For the first time since 2012, the NLCS reached a game seven, with the Dodgers defeating the Brewers and winning back-to-back pennants for the first time since 1977–1978.
For the second year, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; as with the ALCS, this NLCS was sponsored by Google Assistant and was officially known as the National League Championship Series presented by Google Assistant.2018 National League West tie-breaker game
The 2018 National League West tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2018 regular season, played between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers to determine the champion of the National League's (NL) West Division. It was played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on October 1, 2018.
The game was won by Los Angeles, 5–2. The Dodgers became the second seed in the NL playoffs and advanced to play the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. The Rockies were hosted by the NL Central runner-up Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game on October 2.The tie-breaker counted as a regular season game for both teams, with all events in the game added to regular season statistics.2019 Los Angeles Dodgers season
The 2019 Los Angeles Dodgers season is the 130th season for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their 62nd season in Los Angeles, California. They play their home games at Dodger Stadium.2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Cleveland Indians and was played at Progressive Field on July 9, 2019, with the American League prevailing over the National League, 4–3.The decision to name Cleveland the host city was announced on January 27, 2017 by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. It was the sixth All-Star Game in Cleveland, and the first since 1997; this established the Indians as the team to have hosted the most All-Star Games, breaking a four-way tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds, who have each hosted the game five times. It was also the first time since 2014 that an American League team has hosted the event. That All-Star Game also coincided with the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field and made it the second All-Star Game hosted by that ballpark. Alex Cora of the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox managed the American League, and Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers managed the National League for the second consecutive year.2019 Major League Baseball season
The 2019 Major League Baseball season began on March 20 and is scheduled to end on September 29. It is the 150th anniversary of professional baseball, dating back to the 1869 foundation of the Cincinnati Red Stockings. The postseason will begin on October 1. The World Series is set to begin on October 22 and a potential Game 7 would be played on October 30. The entire schedule was released on August 22, 2018.The 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game was held on July 9 at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. The American League won, 4–3, for their seventh straight victory.Bellinger (surname)
Bellinger is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Bob Bellinger (1913–1955), American football player
Charles B. Bellinger (1839–1905), American judge
Clay Bellinger (born 1968), American baseball player
Cody Bellinger (born 1995), American baseball player
Eric Bellinger (born 1986), American singer, songwriter, and record producer
Gene Bellinger (born 1948), American systems thinker
Gerhard J. Bellinger (born 1931), German theologian
Jeff Bellinger (21st century), American creator of Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot
John B. Bellinger III (21st century), United States Senate lawyer
Joseph Bellinger (1773–1830), American politician
Katrin Bellinger (born 1958), London-based German art dealer
Patrick N. L. Bellinger (1885–1962), American aviator
Peter Bellinger (1726–1813), American militiaman
Robert Bellinger (1910–2002), British politician
Tony Bellinger (born 1957), American soccer coach
Trudy Bellinger (21st century), British music video directorCharlie Gilbert
Charles Mader Gilbert (July 8, 1919 – August 13, 1983) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball from 1940 to 1947.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was the son of outfielder Larry Gilbert. He died at age 64 in New Orleans
Charlie Gilbert is the first and one of three Los Angeles Dodgers to have a multi-homer game in his first five starts along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig.George Lombard
George Paul Lombard (born September 14, 1975) is the first base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He is a former MLB outfielder.
Lombard, a Parade All America and USA Today All America high school running back, had initially committed to play for the Georgia Bulldogs before changing his direction toward baseball. Lombard earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix in 2015.Kerwin Danley
Kerwin Joseph Danley (born May 25, 1961) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League (NL) from 1992 to 1999 and throughout both leagues since 2000. Danley has worked the American League Division Series six times (2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011). He also umpired in the 2007 and 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Games. Kerwin is married to Marisa Danley.List of Los Angeles Dodgers seasons
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the second most successful franchise in the National League and the third-most successful and second-most wealthy in Major League Baseball after the New York Yankees. The franchise was formerly based in Brooklyn and known originally as the "Grays" or "Trolley Dodgers" after the trams which supporters had to avoid to enter games. Later it became known successively as the "Bridegrooms", "Superbas", "Dodgers" and "Robins"; the present "Dodgers" was firmly established in 1932.
The franchise has won the World Series six times and lost a further 13, and like the Yankees and Cardinals have never lost 100 games in a season since World War I, with their worst record since then being in 1992 with 63 wins and their best records ever being in 1953 with 105 wins and both 1942 and 2017 with 104. Their most successful period, between 1947 and 1966 with ten World Series appearances and only two seasons with 71 or more losses (one of them the year they moved to Los Angeles after a dispute over stadium funding), was famous for the Dodgers becoming the first Major League Baseball team to incorporate African American players, led by Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella.Los Angeles Dodgers award winners and league leaders
This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Los Angeles Dodgers professional baseball franchise, including its years in Brooklyn (1883–1957).Major League Baseball Rookie of the Month Award
The Rookie of the Month award is a Major League Baseball award named by each league every month of the regular season.Wally Berger
Walter Anton Berger (October 10, 1905 – November 30, 1988) was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played for four National League teams, primarily the Boston Braves. Berger was the National League's starting center fielder in baseball's first All-Star Game.
One of the league's top sluggers of the early 1930s, in his initial 1930 season he hit 38 home runs, a record for rookies which stood until 1987; he still holds a share of the NL record. He also led the league in home runs and runs batted in in 1935 despite the Braves having the fourth-most losses in MLB history, and went on to become the seventh NL player to hit 200 career home runs.
Los Angeles Dodgers current roster