Dodgers: Three takeaways from a historic 2019 season
Cody Bellinger’s MVP season
It is no surprise that one of the biggest takeaways from the Dodgers this year was Cody Bellinger.
Bellinger came into the season with a hot bat and continued to show it through the entirety of the first half. He was the leader in different areas of the game throughout the year and was constantly dominating from behind the plate.
He finished the year with a .305 average, a WAR of 9.0, and an OPS of 1.035. His at-bats were what many looked forward to most this season, as he was the home run leader for the team. He had 47 home runs on the year and a total of 115 RBI.
As one of the hottest hitters in baseball, Bellinger was able to show his abilities both offensively and defensively, even winning his first Gold Glove award this year. Although he slowed down in the second half he was able to hold on to win the National League MVP award.
Although he may not have been able to play his best in the postseason, it does not take away the unbelievable year that he was able to accomplish. No Dodger has ever won two straight MVP awards and that is exactly what Bellinger will aim to do next season.