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Dodgers' hope for Cody Bellinger: No Maas

Dodgers' hope for Cody Bellinger: No Maas

In his first week in the major leagues, the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger was the National League player of the week. In his first month, he was the league’s rookie of the month, and the announcement noted Bellinger had 11 home runs in his first 32 games.

The record is 12, shared by four players. Jose Abreu is one; he’s been the best hitter on the Chicago White Sox the past three years. There are Dave Hostetler and Mike Jacobs, who had short careers that did not include an All-Star appearance.

And then there is Kevin Maas, whose name is still spoken in hushed tones by New York Yankees fans. Whenever a young player there starts pumping home runs — Gary Sanchez last year, Aaron...

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