Cody Bellinger
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Cody Bellinger Feels Comfortable With New Batting Stance

Dodgers Outfielder Cody Bellinger hit a wall last season. Not a physical wall, but a mental one. Although enduring through a pandemic shortened season, Bellinger struggled at the plate for his World Championship team. This is a far cry from the heroics in 2019 when he took home the Most Valuable Player.

In 2020, Cody hit .239 with 12 home runs and a .789 OPS which were all career lows. In his 2019 MVP season, he batted .305 with 47 home runs and a 1.035 OPS. The Dodgers want him to return back to this form. Bellinger is a streaky player and luckily was fortunate to go through somewhat of a hot stretch in the postseason, coming up with some seriously clutch hits. Over the 2020 offseason, Bellinger had surgery on his right shoulder after dislocating it in the National League Championship Series versus the Atlanta Braves. Bellinger had two weights on his shoulders coming into Spring Training. Healing from surgery, and getting back to that MVP level in 2019.

On March 16, he made his 2021 cactus league debut featuring a new stance. Although going 0-for-3 with a strikeout, he is already a proponent of his new stance. His legs are positioned a lot wider. This has to do with comfort levels especially after undergoing surgery.

I had a lot of downtime with the surgery, so I had a lot of time to think. I’ve done it in the past, had success with it, and to be honest, I just feel really good with it.” -Cody Bellinger

Another thing Bellinger is bringing to camp is a new sense of optimism. His confidence level is through the roof and the clubhouse is saying he’s the happiest guy on the team. It may also be because he is back on his home turf. Bellinger was born and raised in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

It felt good. I felt really good. Shoulder felt great and just felt good to get into a game again with the guys in front of some fans.” -Bellinger

Positivity goes far in this game and leads to chemistry. Who knows? If Bellinger can bring this confidence, and putting everyone else in a good mindset, the Dodgers may be even scarier than just on paper.

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