Seems like a good time to bring up that Cody Bellinger almost played college baseball for the Oregon Ducks.
The 6’4” starting right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers is off to his third World Series appearance since getting called up by the Dodgers in 2017. On Sunday night in a game seven scenario, Bellinger came up clutch with a monster home run in the bottom of the seventh to give Los Angeles a 4-3 lead over the Atlanta Braves.
— MLB (@MLB) October 19, 2020
Los Angeles went on to win and will now face the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2020 World Series.
But let’s take it back to 2013.
The 17-year-old baseball prodigy from Hamilton, Arizona announced his commitment to play for Oregon on May 31, 2013. Unfortunately for the Ducks, Bellinger was drafted in the 4th round (124th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 and decided to forgo the college route and head straight for the league - Arizona League (R).
Dodgers star Cody Bellinger on his Oregon visit. Committed to the Ducks before signing out of HS. (Courtesy of @Lakerh8tr) pic.twitter.com/44izOHPCZN
— Andrew Nemec (@AndrewNemec) August 6, 2019
Here is a snapshot of his career thus far:
What could have been for the Oregon baseball team in 2013. Belligner would have joined Ryon Healy, who was drafted in the third round by the Oakland Athletics in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft and is now with the Milwaukee Brewers after spending some time with the Seattle Mariners.
As a part of the ‘how it started vs. how it’s going’ trend you see all over social media, this one is very relevant to Oregon Duck fans:
How it started.. How it’s going.. pic.twitter.com/fIKOyhI8ub
— Oregon Duck Baseball (@OregonBaseball) October 19, 2020
What could have been, but good luck to the almost former Duck in the World Series.
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