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Cody Bellinger’s MVP credentials include superior defense at three positions

Cody Bellinger’s 2019 regular season concluded in the second inning Sunday with a walk. The Dodgers decided it wasn’t worth risking injury on the regular season’s final day with nothing on the line. Matt Beaty replaced him as a pinch-runner. Hugs from coaches and teammates awaited Bellinger in the dugout. There’s a good chance it was the end to an MVP campaign.

The 24-year-old Bellinger finished the season with a .305 batting average, .406 on-base percentage, and .629 slugging percentage in 156 games. He added 47 home runs, 115 RBIs, 121 runs and 15 stolen bases. He led the National League with 351 total bases. A year ago, he was a platoon player because left-handed pitchers silenced him. This year, he hit 18 home runs and posted a .979 on-base-plus slugging percentage in 227 plate appearances against them.

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