In about a week, we will know whether or not Cody Bellinger is your 2019 National League Most Valuable Player. Still – until then – we wait on pins and needles.
Obviously, it’s hard for me to believe that we are doubting it at this point. Perhaps people forget things like Bellinger being the most statistically-improved player in the sport. Of course, everyone remembers all the bombs and good times. Then there is the recently won Gold Glove, and all the ridiculous video-game type plays he made with the leather.
However, one MLB pundit feels that Bellinger remains in the lead when it comes to the NL’s top player award. That man is none other than Jon Heyman, who speaks about this on his latest ‘Big Time Baseball’ podcast. Let’s take a look at what Heyman says about the upcoming vote.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 7, 2019
Co-host Josh Lewin asks Heyman if voters will remember Cody Bellinger in the Most Valuable Player Award race?
“I think Bellinger is going to win, the vote comes right after the season. There is no postseason that comes into account here. If you look at the WAR and you put in the defense and all-around play, Bellinger was fantastic. Now second half he tailed off a bit. Some might look at it like Yelich was the best offensive player. Rendon led the league in RBI’s and we saw that defense, to me it was almost a revelation. He really showed what a good defender he is. I think it will be Bellinger, Yelich will come in second and Rendon will probably come in third. It’s all close, they look at the WAR numbers a lot now and Bellinger was best there. I didn’t have a vote so I can freely say I think it’s Bellinger.”
Without question, Heyman remembers when Bellinger was in the midst of one of the greatest starts to a season ever. Now we just have to wait and see if his MVP vote prediction rings true. It should be an interesting time about a week from right now one way or another. Perhaps the Dodgers will be able to celebrate a new MVP in their franchise history after all.