As expected, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger was named the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year. Bellinger was a unanimous selection, beating out Paul DeJong of the St. Louis Cardinals and Josh Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the coveted award.
Bellinger led the Dodgers in home runs, runs scored, and RBI in 2017, while finishing second in the National League home run race behind Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins. A pretty impressive feat considering Bellinger finished with 117 fewer at-bats than Stanton after joining the Dodgers on April 25th.
Bellinger is the 18th Dodger to win the rookie of the year award, following in the footsteps of fellow left-handed slugger Corey Seager, who won the title last season. The impressive list of Dodgers to earn the honor includes Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Mike Piazza.