LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager was a unanimous choice for last year's National League Rookie of the Year Award, and Cody Bellinger could duplicate the feat on Monday, when the Baseball Writers' Association of America announces the winner.
Bellinger has already won NL rookie honors from The Sporting News and in the Players Choice Awards, as did Seager. Bellinger was a rookie All-Star, as was Seager. Bellinger rewrote some of the club records Seager set in 2016, and put his name into the MLB record book, as well.
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The 22-year-old Bellinger would become the Dodgers' 18th NL Rookie of the Year Award winner -- their first at first base since Eric Karros in 1992 -- after a season that began in the Minor Leagues and ended in Game 7 of the World Series.
Bellinger set an NL rookie home run record with 39, while also ranking among all-time Dodgers rookies with 97 RBIs in 132 games. The Dodgers went 91-41 in games in which Bellinger played (89-38 in his starts), and he finished second in the league in home runs and fifth with a .581 slugging percentage. He also set a Los Angeles rookie record with a .933 OPS.
Bellinger didn't shy from the pressure of batting cleanup and wasn't neutralized by left-handed pitching. His 12 home runs off lefties were the most in the Major Leagues by a left-handed hitter and the most by a left-handed-hitting Dodger since 1974. Bellinger's six multihomer games were the most by a Dodgers rookie and third most in MLB history.
Bellinger's achievements included the third cycle in Los Angeles history and, according to Elias, he became the first rookie with 20 home runs to also hit an inside-the-park homer.
The son of former Major Leaguer Clay Bellinger was the youngest Dodgers position player ever selected to the All-Star team at 21 years and 354 days old and participated in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. He became the only player to have four multi-homer games in his first 45 regular-season games.
A fourth-round Draft pick in 2013, Bellinger led NL rookies in homers, RBIs, runs scored, total bases, slugging percentage and extra-base hits. He tied for the NL rookie lead in doubles, tied for second in hits and stolen bases, was second in walks, third in on-base percentage and tied for fourth in triples.
The Dodgers nominated Bellinger for the Hank Aaron Award as their most outstanding offensive performer.
Defensively, Bellinger showed the versatility to split time between first base, where he played 93 games and committed four errors, and the outfield, where he played 46 games and made one error.
The other finalists for the NL award are Pittsburgh's Josh Bell and St. Louis' Paul DeJong.