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Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger Named National League Rookie of the Year

Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on Oct. 29, 2017, in Houston. (Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on Oct. 29, 2017, in Houston. (Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Cody Bellinger batted second on opening day — in Oklahoma City, that is. He got three hits in his first game, 10 in his first five games.

He was 21 and in triple-A. The Dodgers had five-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalezat first base. Bellinger envisioned making it to Los Angeles this season, but pretty late in the year.

“Honestly, I thought I was going to be a September call-up,” he said last month.

He turned out to be an April call-up, and he emerged as perhaps the Dodgers’ most dominant position player this season. Bellinger was honored Monday as the unanimous winner of the National League rookie of the year.

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