7 Interesting Facts to Know About Baseball Star Cody Bellinger

7 Interesting Facts to Know About Baseball Star Cody Bellinger

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Even if you don’t consider yourself a baseball fan, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Cody Bellinger. Not only is he one of the best players in the MLB (and has been for years), but he is also a member of the reigning league champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

And, though Cody is still just 25 years old, he has been making a name for himself since he entered the league four years ago. From being raised by a former MLB player to breaking all sorts of records, here are a few fun facts you need to know about the first baseman and outfielder. 

Son of a Former MLB Player

Playing baseball runs in Cody’s veins! His father, Clay Bellinger, is a former MLB player and actually won three World Series titles during his playing career. He played for the New York Yankees (where he won two titles) and the Los Angeles Angels (where he won one title). And Cody’s brother, Cole Bellinger, also grew up playing baseball and was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2017.

Grew Up a Yankees Fan

Because his father played for the Yankees, it’s no surprise Cody grew up a major fan of the New York team. In fact, he started playing baseball when he was little and eventually played in the 2007 Little League World Series with his team in Arizona. He also played high school baseball at Hamilton High School, which is in Chandler, Arizona. 

Drafted in 2013

Cody was ultimately drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round during the 2013 MLB draft. However, he made his pro debut with the Arizona League Dodgers, a minor league team. Though he had trouble hitting the ball his first season as a pro, it was clear Cody had the potential to be a great player.

Broke Records His Rookie Season

After being called up to the majors in April 2017, Cody broke a number of rookie records his first season. In fact, on June 20, 2017, Cody became the first rookie in MLB history to hit 10 home runs in a 10-game span. He also had his sixth multi-home-run game just a few days later, which also set a new Dodgers record. As to be expected, he was named National League Rookie of the Year in 2017. 

Pre-Game Prep

While most athletes listen to pump-up music before a big game (such as rap or pop), Cody goes another route. In fact, he revealed he listens to relaxing music before playing, as it helps him to get centered and relaxed.

MVP Season

Cody had his best season to date in 2019, which led him to win the MLB MVP Award. In fact, Cody hit 47 home runs and 115 RBIs in the 2019 season, which was a career-best for him.

World Series Champion

After making it to the World Series in 2018, Cody and the rest of the Dodgers were determined to win when they made it back in 2020. In the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Cody managed to hit one home run and 3 RBIs. Not too shabby!