Despite falling short of the ultimate goal, Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger has something to hang his hat on after a dominant 2019 campaign.
The 24-year-old edged out Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich to capture the NL MVP award.
While Bellinger did cool off during the second half of the season, he still finished with a wildly impressive .305/.406/.629 slash line to go along with 121 runs scored, 47 home runs, 115 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 156 games. He led the league with 351 total bases and 21 intentional walks.
Let's also not forget about his stellar defensive contributions, which earned him his first career Gold Glove this year as well. Throw in a 2019 Silver Slugger award, and that says it all.
What's funny is that Bellinger wasn't even a finalist among the players' vote for MLB Player of the Year. The writers had to come through for him to show up his peers.
In three MLB seasons, Bellinger already has Rookie of the Year and MVP awards to his name. Dodgers fans are going to love to see this guy for the next decade.