Duarte: Cody Bellinger Having "Historic" Season

It’s still early, but the NL MVP race may have already been decided

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
May 29, 2019 - 12:11 pm
Cody Bellinger Dodgers

USA Today Images


It’s still early, but the NL MVP race may have already been decided. That’s how dominant Cody Bellinger has been this season. The 23-year-old is hitting .382 with 20 home runs, 51 RBIs and a .469 OBP.

How would one describe Bellinger’s season thus far?

“How would I describe it? In a word, historic,” NBC LA Dodgers and Lakers reporter Michael Duarte said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I wrote an article a few weeks just talking about all the records Cody Bellinger had broken before the month of May, and it just seems like every day there’s another one. (On Monday), he became the first guy with a home run and two outfield assists in the same game since Babe Ruth. (Yesterday, he became the) first Dodger player to have 20 home runs before the 55th game of the season since Gil Hodges – and the youngest player ever on the Dodgers to reach that before the age of 24. It’s just amazing what the guy is doing.”

Bellinger was more than solid in his first two seasons. He hit .267 with 39 home runs in his 2017 rookie season, and he hit .260 with 25 home runs last season.

This year, however, he’s been otherworldly.

“And to think three months ago we were talking about Bryce Harper being the everyday right-fielder for the Dodgers if they were willing to spend the money to get him,” Duarte said. "That seems like a complete afterthought now, especially with Bryce slumping and the way Cody Bellinger has been playing in right field this season.”

Click below to listen to Duarte’s interview in its entirety.