Cody Bellinger is going to be the unanimous winner of the N.L. Rookie of the Year award. Last night he homered and knocked in two of the Dodgers three runs as Los Angeles moved past Arizona to the NLCS. His future’s so bright he’s gotta wear shades, etc. etc.
He also had a couple of fantastic moments on the defense. The most fantastic came at the end of the fifth inning when Dbacks catcher Jeff Mathis fouled a ball off that had “out of play” written all over it. Bellinger doesn’t believe in “out of play,” though. Watch him range over to the dugout and make the flip-catch:
Here it is from another angle:
I love how Dave Roberts doesn’t even bother to get up. Charitably, we’ll say he knew in his heart that Bellinger had it all under control. Less charitably, we’ll say that Roberts is lucky Bellinger didn’t crack his head into a million pieces as he fell, because if he did while Roberts watched seemingly dispassionately, there would probably be a lot of angry people today.
As it is: it’s all good. And Bellinger is great.
Tom Schuba of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler has filed suit against the White Sox for negligence. Fowler sustained a season-ending injury during a collision at Guaranteed Rate Field last June and is also bringing the lawsuit against the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority agency, as neither party took measures to secure the ballpark’s unpadded electrical box that exacerbated his injuries.
The 22-year-old outfielder was just two outs into his major league debut with the Yankees when the incident occurred. Fowler tracked a Jose Abreu foul ball down the first base line and flipped over the short railing. He was noticeably limping after colliding with a knee-high electrical box at the wall and collapsed to the ground within seconds before being carted off the field.
The official diagnosis: a ruptured patellar tendon and season-ending surgery on his right knee. Per Schuba’s report, which can be read here in full, Fowler has claimed “‘severe and permanent’ external and internal injuries, as well as mental pain and anguish” following the collision.
No specific demands have been publicized yet. Fowler is said to be seeking money from both the White Sox and the Sports Facilities Authority, likely enough to cover the “large sums” he spent on medical care for the surgery and related treatments.