Cody Bellinger has played only three seasons in the Major Leagues, less than the five year post-career wait it takes to be considered for the Hall-of-Fame. However, the 24-year-old slugger is off to an amazing start to his career, perhaps taking the first few steps on a long path to Cooperstown.
Since breaking into the Big Leagues in 2017, Bellinger has filled his trophy case with just about every possible award. He won the Rookie of the Year Award, made his first All-Star appearance, and finished ninth in MVP voting by the time his first season was completed. Last year, he was completely dominant. He won the National League MVP Award, Silver Slugger Award, and to round it out, a Gold Glove Award.
His 47 home runs in 2019 are the second highest single-season total in Dodgers history. Bellinger increased his power while improving his approach at the plate, raising his batting average to a career-best .305 to go along with a .406 on-base percentage.
If Cody Bellinger continues to produce like he has over the past three seasons, he will surely be on his way to Cooperstown. Lucky for Dodgers fans, he has his entire career ahead of him, so instead of reflecting on what he has done in the past, they got to look forward to the production he promises in the future.