A memorable and entertaining era came to an end for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
After Los Angeles had non-tendered slugger and former MVP Cody Bellinger, the Chicago Cubs swooped in and signed him to a one-year, $17.5 million contract.
In addition to his MVP Award in 2019, Bellinger earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2017, a Silver Slugger Award, a Gold Glove, an NLCS MVP Award, a World Series ring, and two All-Star selections.
One of Bellinger’s best moments in Dodger Blue was his go-ahead home run against the Atlanta Braves in Game 7 of the 2020 NLCS.
On Twitter, Dodgers insider Blake Harris posted a highlight of the moment, stating that Bellinger would always be a Dodgers legend.
Cody Bellinger will forever be a Dodgers legend pic.twitter.com/Pe6k3rJ6iF
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) December 6, 2022
Dodgers Analyst Shares Bellinger Highlight
Bellinger’s run in Los Angeles was certainly a good one.
Unfortunately, the slugger began to struggle after his 2019 MVP season.
The 27-year-old hit just .210 in 2022.
He still managed to hit 19 home runs, but posted just a 1.2 WAR.
Bellinger was still a fan favorite in Los Angeles, however.
His Game 7 home run is certainly a moment that Dodgers fans will remember for a long time.
That home run gave them their first lead of the game, which was just enough to close out the Braves and advance to the World Series for the third time in the previous four seasons.
The Dodgers would go on to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series, winning in six games.
Bellinger was a key piece of several great Dodgers teams and will be missed by fans.NEXT: Dodgers Remain In Touch With A Key Free Agent