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Cody Bellinger defends himself over play that got him benched

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Cody Bellinger was benched for disciplinary reasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, and the outfielder clearly does not believe he deserved it.

Bellinger hit a ball into the gap in right field in the fifth inning, and it bounced into the deepest part of AT&T Park. Roberts felt that Bellinger should have ended up on third, but he instead jogged into second. The manager explained after the game that he has spoken with Bellinger about hustle plays multiple times this season.

“We’ve talked about it before,” Roberts explained. “He plays every day. There’s certain expectations and a way that we have to play the game. When you don’t abide by that, we’ll get somebody in there that will. It’s pretty simple.”

It’s safe to say Bellinger disagreed with Roberts. When asked about being pulled, the 22-year-old mentioned how the swing took him to his knee and he did not want to risk making the third out at third with his team trailing by four runs.

“We’re down four. I’m not trying to go to third and be the third out,” he said. “I forget who came up next inning and he hit a triple and was almost out at third. I didn’t want to be that. That was my reasoning.

“I’m gonna keep playing the way I do. I don’t think anyone can tell me how to play. I always play hard, so that’s that.”

The Dodgers are now 12-15 on the season, and Roberts recently made a bold claim about his team turning things around. Bellinger seems to feel like Roberts was trying to make a point with the team having played so poorly, but it sounds like the issue is a bigger one than that.

Cody Bellinger after loss to Marlins: ‘Obviously, we are the better team’

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Even in the rare instances that they win a game, the Miami Marlins cannot seem to earn the respect of their opponents.

On Wednesday, the Marlins somehow managed to get the best of Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Aided by the left-hander’s six walks, the Marlins chased Kershaw from the game after three earned runs in five innings. They eventually won 8-6, improving their record to 7-17 on the years and dropping L.A.’s to 11-12. Miami took two out of three from the Dodgers to win its first series of the season.

Cody Bellinger was not that impressed.

“Baseball’s not like basketball or football,” the young first baseman said, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. “The better team doesn’t always win. Obviously, we are the better team.”

Actually, the best team doesn’t always win in any sport, but it’s not a great look to point that out when you’re on the losing end of things. Kershaw is now 1-4 on the season despite having a 2.84 ERA, so the Dodgers simply aren’t scoring runs for him. The defending NL champions are off to a slow start and have had some major red flags early on, though there is obviously plenty of baseball left to play.

The Marlins are an easy punching bag, but the 22-year-old Bellinger should probably refrain from pointing out when lesser opponents get the best of his team going forward.

Cody Bellinger says he learned special slide from Mike Trout

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Cody Bellinger is taking a page out of the book of another LA baseball star.

During 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger hit an RBI double in the sixth inning and had a nifty move on the basepaths when he switched hands on his slide to avoid the tag at second.

After the game, Bellinger said that he learned the move by watching Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout on TV, per Pedro Moura of The Athletic.

Indeed, Trout, the two-time MVP, has owned that swim move for years now. Credit to Bellinger for doing what all of us wish we could do and imitating it.

Cody Bellinger thanks Yasiel Puig for ‘idiot’ move that scored run

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Cody Bellinger had a funny comment about a baserunning gaffe by Yasiel Puig that played out in the Dodgers’ favor on Sunday night.

The Dodgers and Giants were scoreless in their game in the bottom of the fourth in Los Angeles. Corey Seager was on second and Puig on first when Bellinger flied out to left for the second out of the inning. Seager tagged up and advanced to third, but Puig got caught trying to tag up to second and ended up in a rundown. Things worked out as Seager scored from third while Puig was in a pickle.

That made the score 1-0 and the Dodgers went on to win 9-0.

So what did Bellinger say about the play after the game? He joked about thanking Puig for being an idiot.

Puig said after the game that the play wasn’t planned — obviously — but he seemed to dismiss just how lucky he got. Puig has been known for his odd behavior in games, so this is nothing new.

Dave Roberts backs Cody Bellinger amid slump

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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is standing by struggling slugger Cody Bellinger.

Bellinger went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night and is now 0-for-11 in the series with seven strikeouts. The first question Roberts was asked at his press conference after the game was whether he would give Bellinger a day off in Game 4.

“I don’t see giving him a day off,” Roberts said. “There were a couple of good swings. He’s just in that funk right now where he’s chasing balls out of the strike zone. I think the defense is obviously a premium, and the presence of him to be in the lineup. But it’s just trying to get Cody to slow down a little bit. He’s trying his hardest, he’s trying his tail off.”

Bellinger is absolutely in a funk, but there’s plenty of reason to have confidence in him. A 39 home run hitter in the regular season, Bellinger had hits in six of the eight NLDS and NLCS games, including two doubles, two home runs and four RBIs. The Dodgers need to remain confident in him and hope their faith pays off, because they need him to produce in order to win the series.

15 biggest breakout stars of the MLB season

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Every baseball season sees new players emerge as stars and huge contributors to their teams. Some of them are rookies or young players who have everything finally click for them, while others are journeymen who somehow put it together at a later stage in their career.

Here is a look at 15 MLB players who have enjoyed breakout seasons.

Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Dodgers

Bellinger arrived to some fanfare in late April, but few could have expected the production that he offered the team. Bellinger became an instant power source, belting an NL rookie record 39 home runs. That figure comfortably leads the Dodgers, and his .270 average ensures that he is not simply a high-power, low-average slugger. Bellinger has been a huge part of the Dodgers’ historic season, and few could have predicted that at the start of the season.

Archie Bradley, RP, Diamondbacks

Once a top-ten draft pick as a starting pitcher, Bradley reinvented himself as an elite reliever in 2017, helping stabilize the Arizona bullpen as they make a run to the playoffs for the first time in six years. Bradley has posted an impressive 1.41 ERA, striking out 76 in 70 innings and issuing only 18 walks. He has served as Fernando Rodney’s setup man, but truth be told, he has been the team’s best reliever — and he looks like he has the chance to be a future closer.

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Cody Bellinger cracks great joke after Dodgers clinch

Cody Bellinger cracked a funny joked after the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the NL West on Friday.

The Dodgers beat the rival San Francisco Giants 4-2 to improve to 98-56 on the season. Though their record is incredibly impressive, the Dodgers took much longer than expected to clinch because of serious struggles from late August to mid-September that included an 11-game losing streak.

Bellinger made light of that after clinching.

“Yeah, we were sucking just so we could clinch at home,” Bellinger joked in an interview with Spectrum SportsNet.

“We said it a hundred times — no one was really ever worried. We knew the kind of talent that we had.”

The game was won thanks in large part to Bellinger’s bat. He clubbed a 3-run home run in the third to give him an NL rookie record 39 homers on the season. Best of all, the homer happened at home to please the fans. The Dodgers shouldn’t stop now as they need to continue winning in order to gain homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

Cody Bellinger close to returning to Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting closer to getting some more of their stars healthy.

The latest is outfielder Cody Bellinger, who, according to Dave Roberts, may return to action by Wednesday.

Bellinger has not played since Aug. 19 due to a sprained ankle. He still comfortably leads the Dodgers with 34 home runs on the season.

Bellinger isn’t the only key player the Dodgers are expecting back soon. Ace lefty Clayton Kershaw was slated to make a rehab start at AAA on Saturday night, and Los Angeles hopes to have him back by the end of the month.

Cody Bellinger to participate in Home Run Derby

The 2017 MLB All-Star festivities will be getting a double dose of Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Cody Bellinger.

Bellinger, who was just announced as an NL All-Star this year, said on MLB Network Sunday that he will be participating in the Home Run Derby as well and will have his father pitching to him, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The 21-year-old slugger has clubbed an NL-leading 24 home runs this year in just 63 games since being called up in late April. With fellow rookie studs and more established veterans alike in the mix to participate in the derby as well, Bellinger and his Bunyan-esque power will certainly be a welcome addition.

Image via Dodger Blue on YouTube

Eight sluggers who would make the Home Run Derby awesome 

Aaron Judge home run

We get why some MLB stars shy away from participating in the annual Home Run Derby. Some think that the event can mess up a swing. It’s actually kind of tiring. Some guys would rather just take the vacation.

Well, we don’t care about any of that. The Derby is weeks away, and a loaded field would make it one of the summer’s most exciting events. If we could entice any eight players to participate, here is our dream Home Run Derby field, ordered by how many home runs they have in 2017 — and while it isn’t required, we’ve included four players from each league to keep things even.

1) Aaron Judge, Yankees

It hardly gets any more obvious than this. It’s hard to take the city of New York by storm, but Judge has done just that, slugging 26 home runs and positioning himself not just atop the Rookie of the Year race, but in contention for AL MVP as well.

Sure, the overall numbers are great, but that’s not what we care about right now. What we care about is that Judge is capable of hitting home runs like this, even in a game situation:

Judge hits some of the most impressive home runs in baseball. Imagine what he could do in a derby environment. He needs to be there — no doubt about it. The good news is he’s at least considering it.

2) Cody Bellinger, Dodgers

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