Cody Bellinger breaks the NL rookie HR record with his 39th pic.twitter.com/M3ftOyueJ9
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No National League rookie has ever hit more home runs than Cody Bellinger, writes Eric Stephen of SB Nation. The Dodgers first baseman on Friday hit his 39th home run of the season, setting a new mark in the senior circuit.
Bellinger’s blast — a three-run shot against Jeff Samardzija in the third inning, giving the Dodgers a 4-1 lead — broke a tie with Wally Berger (1930) and Frank Robinson (1956), both of whom hit 38 home runs in their rookie campaigns, Stephen reports.
In the history of baseball, there have only been two rookie seasons with more home runs than Bellinger. In 1987, Mark McGwire set the major league record with 49 home runs as a rookie for the Athletics. This year, Aaron Judge of the Yankees has 46 home runs.