Bellinger 1st Dodger to win NL MVP since 2014

Cody Bellinger captured his first Nationwide League Most Beneficial Participant Award on Thursday, beating out defending champion Christian Yelich and World Collection champion Anthony Rendon.

Bellinger was chosen first on 19 of 30 ballots and second on 10 extra, beating out Yelich, the runner-up who was named first on 10 ballots and second on 18. Rendon was named first and second on one poll every.


Bellinger, a .305/.406/.629 hitter with 47 residence runs and 15 stolen bases, is the primary Los Angeles Dodgers participant to win the MVP since Clayton Kershaw in 2014, and the primary Dodgers place participant to take action since Kirk Gibson in 1988.

He teared up after listening to that he had received the award. “It is what you dream of, man,” Bellinger mentioned.


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Bellinger and Yelich completed tied in FanGraphs wins above alternative with 7.Eight apiece. Yelich posted barely higher offensive numbers, batting .329/.429/.671 with 44 residence runs and 30 stolen bases, however Bellinger was the higher defensive participant, profitable a Gold Glove in proper area whereas additionally displaying Gold Glove-caliber protection at first base and heart area.

Yelich additionally performed in 26 fewer video games, largely due to a fractured kneecap that put him on the shelf for the common season’s remaining three weeks.

NL MVP Voting — High 5

Participant, Team1st2nd3rdTotCody Bellinger, Dodgers1910-362Christian Yelich, Brewers10181317Anthony Rendon, Nationals1124242Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks–3198Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves–1155–Whole factors on a 14-9-Eight-7-6-5-Four-Three-2-1 basis–Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America

Bellinger, who has performed solely three seasons, joined Jackie Robinson and Don Newcombe as the one gamers in Dodgers historical past to be named Rookie of the 12 months and MVP. His exploits this 12 months got here after a comparatively down season in 2018 that notably noticed him sit towards left-handed starters all through the postseason.

Rendon, now a free agent, batted .319/.412/.598 with 34 residence runs and a significant league-leading 126 RBIs. In October, whereas the Washington Nationals marched towards the primary World Collection championship in franchise historical past, Rendon posted a 1.003 OPS.