The Most Memorable Moments of Mike Trout's, Cody Bellinger's 2019 MVP Seasons
Mike Trout and Cody Bellinger were the Most Valuable Players for the American and National Leagues, respectively, in 2019.
Despite missing the Los Angeles Angels' final 19 games because of a right foot injury, Trout still brought home the third MVP of his career. He smacked 45 homers and drove in 104 runs, leading the American League with a .438 on-base percentage and 1.083 OPS.
Bellinger cooled as the year progressed, but a torrid April and May carried him to the honor. The young Los Angeles Dodgers star posted career-high marks with 47 homers and 115 RBI while hitting .305 with a .406 OBP and sensational 1.035 OPS this season.
Both players had already won Silver Slugger awards, and Bellinger secured a Gold Glove, too. Now, they're adding the most prestigious individual award to their trophy cases.
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March 28: Bellinger Mashes Homer on Opening Day-Record Performance
The Dodgers hammered an NL-best 279 homers in 2019, and they started off with an emphatic performance.
During both the fourth and seventh innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles crushed a trio of homers. Bellinger scored on a Kike Hernandez blast in the fourth and smashed a solo shot in the seventh.
Los Angeles set MLB's Opening Day record with eight total home runs, which also matched the franchise's single-game best.
April 6: Trout Tears Apart Texas
Throughout his prolific career, Trout has simply destroyed Texas Rangers pitching. Only the Seattle Mariners have surrendered more homers or RBI to the superstar outfielder.
And Trout wasted no time obliterating Texas in 2019.
During the first series of the season between the AL West foes, Trout mashed five homers. After hitting three in the first two games, he launched a grand slam to break a scoreless tie in Game 3.
Trout wrapped up the four-game set with a two-run blast.
April 8: Trout Robs Yelich
In an early-season matchup between MVP contenders, Trout pulled a fast one on Christian Yelich.
Yelich muscled a ball to center field, and it carried all the way to the wall. Trout calmly scanned his surroundings, leaped and brought back a near-homer to protect a 2-1 Angels lead.
"It was a great play. Tip your cap to him," Yelich said, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
April 21: Bellinger Robs Yelich, Smacks a Homer
Yelich must have tired of seeing MVP candidates in April.
This time around, Bellinger had a terrific showing. He recorded RBI singles in each of his first two at-bats. With the Dodgers holding a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth, he turned a potential Yelich homer into a flyout. That proved critical as Kenley Jansen gave up a game-tying three-run blast to Eric Thames later in the frame.
And it allowed Bellinger to become the hero.
Facing a two-strike count with two outs against hard-throwing lefty Josh Hader, Bellinger laced the go-ahead shot in the ninth. Jansen then struck out the side to seal a 6-5 Los Angeles win.
May 29: Bellinger Ties Game, Scores Winning Run in Wild Comeback
Trailing 8-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Los Angeles needed a minor miracle. At that point in 2019, New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz had allowed only four earned runs in 22 innings.
The Dodgers found their miracle.
Joc Pederson and Max Muncy ripped back-to-back solo homers, trimming the lead to one. Justin Turner doubled down the line, and Bellinger scooped a double into the right-center gap on a two-strike count to score Turner and tie the game.
After an intentional walk to Corey Seager, Matt Beaty's single loaded up the bases. Alex Verdugo lifted a fly ball into left field, and Bellinger outran the throw home for the winning run.
June 19: Trout Brings Home 7 Runs in Toronto
Baseball fans are constantly in awe of Trout. Sometimes, though, not even his own teammates can process his greatness.
Such was the case June 19 when Los Angeles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 11-6. Trout drove in a career-high seven runs by himself, blasting two homers―including his second grand slam of the season―and adding an RBI single in the ninth inning.
"It's a joke," Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney said of Trout's power, per Rhett Bolinger of MLB.com. "It's so fun to watch. Neither of those were wall scrapers. Those balls were blasted."
July 3: Bellinger Launches Walk-off Against D-Backs
One night after drawing a walk-off walk, Bellinger smashed a no-doubter to once again topple the Arizona Diamondbacks.
"He's a one-man wrecking crew right now," D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo said following the game, which marked the Dodgers' fifth straight walk-off victory. Bellinger had smacked a solo homer in the second inning of the 5-4 triumph, too.
Of the Dodgers' 12 walk-off wins in 2019, this was probably the most memorable. He absolutely crushed this ball.
July 9: Trout, Bellinger Start in All-Star Game
Neither player had a memorable showing, considering both Trout and Bellinger finished the All-Star Game 0-for-2 at the plate.
Trout, though, had a chance to honor teammate Tyler Skaggs, who died July 1. He donned the No. 45 jersey for this exhibition.
"It was special," Trout said, per Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times. "Obviously, felt him out there with me. If there's any All-Star Game for me to go 0-for this is it, [because] Tyler's a pitcher. He would wanna go out there and throw some scoreless, hitless innings."
July 31: Trout Ties Angels Record for HRs in a Month
Trout is consistently a dangerous hitter, but he caught fire in July. Despite the All-Star break interrupting a scorching start, he still managed to add another record to his resume.
In a 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, he tied a franchise mark and slugged his 13th home run of the month. He joined Albert Pujols, Mo Vaughn and Tim Salmon as the only Angels to achieve such a month and accomplished the feat in five fewer games than any of the other three, per StatMuse.
Trout ended the month with 29 RBI in 22 games.
August 15: Bellinger, Trout Both Hit 40th Homers
How fitting is this overlap? On the same night, both league MVPs reached the 40-homer mark and climbed to 93 RBI on the season.
Yes, the Dodgers lost an ugly 13-7 game to the bottom-feeding Miami Marlins. That context isn't great. Still, Bellinger ripped a three-run blast to reach the plateau for the first time in his career.
In the evening, Trout sent his 40th homer over the wall in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox. The Angels ended up surviving a late surge to squeak out an 8-7 victory. Trout finished 4-for-4, adding a trio of singles and scoring four runs.