LOS ANGELES- Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers was named the National League Most Valuable Player of 2019 on November 14.
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BWAA) tallied their votes resulting in Bellinger receiving 19 of the 30 first place votes. In a video posted by MLB Network’s broadcast on the Dodgers Twitter account, Bellinger was asked why he became emotional when hugging his father soon after finding out he had won MVP, Cody answered:
“It’s what you dream of, man. For sure. That ’s what made me emotional right there for sure”, referring to hugging his dad.
The MVP finished the 2019 season with .305/.406/.629 slash line, 47 homers and an NL-leading 351 total bases. Bellinger also won the 2019 National League Louisville Silver Slugger and the 2019 National League Rawlings Gold glove award, in addition to his 2017 National League Rookie of the Year award.
Other Dodgers who have won both ROY and MVP include Jackie Robinson (ROY 1947/MVP 1949) and Don Newcombe (ROY 1949/MVP 1956).
“What an unbelievable day I can’t put it into words. So many people have helped me get here. Thank you to my family, teammates, coaches and the city of Los Angeles. I can’t wait to get back out there next year!!” Bellinger tweeted after winning MVP.