Cody Bellinger (28), who debuted in 2017 with the Los Angeles Dodgers of the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB), won the National League Rookie of the Year, and was also the MVP in 2019, is stretching for a revival with the Chicago Cubs.
Bellinger, who was imprinted as a top helper in the hunt for victory for Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) with home runs and timely hits to Korean fans, fell out of control after winning the 2019 MVP award with a batting average of 0.305, 47 homers, and 115 RBIs. His batting average, which was at the beginning of the second half of the 2020 season, fell to 0.165 in the 2021 season. Last season, he played full-time in anticipation of a revival, but had a batting average of 0.210 with 19 homers and 68 RBIs.온라인카지노
In the end, the Dodgers gave up on accompanying Bellinger and effectively released him as a non-tender with no salary negotiation offer. It was a disgrace to Bellinger. However, the Cubs bet a reckless amount on Bellinger. Although there was no transfer fee, the Cubs signed a huge annual salary contract with Bellinger for 17.5 million dollars (about 23.1 billion won) for one year.
Inside and outside the club, of course, it was pointed out that Bellinger, who had hovered between 1 and 2 percent for three years after 2020, was paid too much.
But Bellinger is proving the Cubs’ choice was right early in the season. Bellinger has played in 31 games until the 9th (Korean time), batting average of 0.300, on-base percentage of 0.368, and slugging percentage of 0.567.
In particular, his batting eye has improved. He walked 38 last year while striking out 150. This year, while walking 12, he struck out only 26. MLB.com explained about Bellinger, “The rate of strikeouts has decreased by about 8% compared to last year, and the attack on breaking balls is showing destructive power again.”
If Bellinger maintains his current form until the end of the season, there is a high possibility that he will be re-evaluated in the free agent (FA) market this winter.