Dodgers Briefing: 2021 schedule, Bellinger’s mask advice, waiting on Kenley

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 08: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at batting practice during the Los Angeles Dodgers summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Dodger Stadium on July 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 08: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at batting practice during the Los Angeles Dodgers summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Dodger Stadium on July 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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PEORIA, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

2. Cody Bellinger says delayed start ‘could be blessing’

Rocking a white t-shirt and overgrown hair from quarantine, the 2019 National League MVP Cody Bellinger spoke to the media via Zoom on Thursday.

Wear your mask: Bellinger talked about wearing a mask in Arizona once conditions got worse there. He then dropped a great line about wearing masks.

"“If your breath stinks, it sucks. But it makes you brush your teeth more.”"

Ready to play: Bellinger said he already feels physically ready to play. He also noted how he used the extra time off to work on his swing (like he needs much improvement).

"“I really got to work on my swing. I feel really good, and it could be a blessing in the long run.”"

Camelback Workouts: Bellinger said he was working out with Kiké Hernandez, Max Muncy, and Matt Beaty everyday in Arizona during quarantine. He noted it was difficult working out with a mask, but felt fortunate to have access to Camelback to stay prepared for the season.

Building off 2019 performance: The young left-handed hitter had a season for the record books in 2019. He finished with the third highest single-season home run total (47) in franchise history, behind Shawn Green (49) and Adrian Beltre (48). He also became the fifth player in Dodger history to win the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards in the same season.

Through 60 games: If you are looking for a short-season MVP candidate, look no further than Bellinger. Last year, through 60 games, he hit .370 with 20 home runs and 54 RBIs.

  • 17 is the mark: During his interview on Thursday, Bellinger noted teammate Alex Wood predicted 17 home runs would lead the way this season, which seems like a reasonable target for the reigning Silver Slugger.

New Batter’s Eye: Max Muncy injured his finger on a pitch he couldn’t see due to the new batter’s eye at Dodger Stadium from the recent renovations. Bellinger noted that it has been a problem. The team is reportedly working with players to find a solution.

"“[The batter’s eye] is a little low,” Bellinger said. “And the seats weren’t blocked off, so if there were fans there, the pitcher’s arm could potentially come out of those stands.”"

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