What a week for the kid from Scottsdale! Cody Bellinger burst on the Dodgers scene like gangbusters, and the National League took notice. Today it was announced Bellinger is the National League player of the week for the week ending May 7, 2017.
He did a lot in one week, and at times, he made it look easy. Here’s a list of his accomplishments:
- He batted .429 with one double, one triple and three home runs (one was a grand slam).
- He knocked in 12 RBIs
- Had four multi-hit games
- He stole one base
- Led the NL in RBIs
- Tied for lead in slugging percentage 1.000
- First Dodger in modern era (post-1900) with five home runs in his first eleven games
- Set Twitter afire with comparisons to Ted Williams.
In a manner reminiscent of Orel Hershiser breaking Don Drysdale‘s Dodgers’ scoreless innings record, Bellinger became the Dodgers’ first position player to win this award since Adrian Gonzalez earned it in 2015.
Congratulations, Cody! Don’t get comfortable, there’s plenty more work to do.