2. Hitting for the cycle
Just days after his first Home Run Derby and all-star appearance at Marlins Park in Miami, Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers squared off against the Marlins looking to continue the magic from the first half into the second half.
Bellinger helped kickstart that magic as he continued adding to what was one of the greatest rookie seasons in recent memory as he hit for the cycle. The last leg of the cycle was a triple to right-center field that just narrowly went over a leaping Giancarlo Stanton; a Hollywood way to complete the cycle.
Bellinger’s cycle was the first Dodger cycle since Orlando Hudson‘s in 2009 and was only the team’s second in the last 50 years.
Bellinger went on to win the National League Rookie of the Year and set the all-time National League rookie home run record, a record that Pete Alonso would breeze right by this past season with the New York Mets.
Alonso did not hit for the cycle, like Bellinger, who is one of just 25 players ever to hit for the cycle in their rookie season. If Bellinger accomplishes the feat again in his career, he will join Carlos Gomez as the only rookie with a cycle to hit another one later in his carer (h/t Baseball Roundtable).