By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger has won the National League MVP on Thursday. He is the first NL MVP by a Dodgers player since 2014 when his teammate Clayton Kershaw won.
Bellinger received 19 first place voted and 10 second-place votes for 362 points. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich finished second with 317 points.
This could have been even closer if Yelich did not have to miss time towards the end of the season with an injury. Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon finished third with 242 points.
“This award man, it just makes me so much hungrier to keep performing,” Bellinger said. “The feeling that you have, why would you ever not want to receive this? So I have to keep working hard at what I do and hopefully keep getting better.”
According to the Baseball Writers Association of America press release, Bellinger is the 18th player, who has won the NL Rookie of the Year Award and the NL MVP. The last player to do it was the Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant — who won the Rookie of the Year in 2015, then the MVP the following season.
He is the 13th Dodgers player to win this award. Besides Bellinger and Kershaw, Kirk Gibson also won it in 1988.
Steve Garvey won it in 1974 and Sandy Koufax won the award in 1963. Maury Wills won it in 1962, while Don Newcombe won it in 1956 and Jackie Robinson in 1949.
Roy Campanella and Dolph Camilli were the first two players to win it with the Dodgers. Campanella is a three-time winner in 1951, 1953, and 1955, while Camilli won the award in 1941.
Bellinger had a .305 batting average with 47 home runs and 115 RBIs in 558 at-bats in 156 games. He also had 34 doubles and three triples, while having 170 hits and 121 runs.