December 6, 2022

Paul Goldschmidt wins NL MVP

Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt He was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He trailed in the polls Manny Machado Padres and his teammates Nolan Arenado.

Although he has come close many times, this is the first MVP award for the veteran, who turned 35 in September. Although he’s older than most athletes’ typical prime years, he had the best campaign of his career in 2022. He hit 35 home runs and compiled a .317/.404/.578 batting line. That production was an incredible 77% better than the league average hitter, as evidenced by his 177 wRC+. When combined with his solid defense at first base, he was rated as worth more than 7.1 hits by FanGraphs and 7.8 by Baseball Reference.

Goldschmidt finished second among qualified NL batters in on-base percentage, trailing Freddie Freeman. He led the league in slugging and was fifth in long balls. Along the way, he was named to his seventh All-Star game. Goldschmidt earned his fifth career Silver Slugger Award and appeared in MVP voting every season through 2015. He is under contract for two more years on a five-year extension shortly after the St. Louis Diamondbacks acquired him in a franchise-turnover trade.

Machado earned a runner-up finish, the highest of his career to date. He has now finished in the top five in the voting on four separate occasions, including two in his four seasons in San Diego. He appeared in 150 games and hit .298/.366/.531 with 32 homers and 37 doubles. Machado finished 7th in the NL in on-base percentage and fourth in slugging. He earned his sixth career All-Star nod.

Arenado earned his 10th straight Gold Glove award this year with an outstanding season at the hot corner. He also had the best offensive year of his career, putting up a .293/.358/.533 line over 620 plate appearances. Goldschmidt et al Mookie Bets That ranked him first in slugging, while he ranked ninth in on-base percentage. Arenado earned his seventh All-Star selection and fourth top-five MVP finish.

Goldschmidt received 22 of the 30 first-place votes, while Machado received seven. Arenado was the other player to be ranked first. Freeman finished fourth overall and was penciled in for second place with six votes. Betts finished in the top five, while the Mets were the star Pete Alonso (eighth-place finisher) was the only other player to receive a second-place vote. Austin Riley, JD RealmudoAlonzo, Francisco Lindor And Cy Young is the winner Sandy Alcantara Sixth to tenth place respectively.

Full voting breakdown Available here.