For once this offseason, Paul Goldschmidt didn’t win an award.
However, it would have been some nice hardware for Goldschmidt to own.
Goldschmidt finished second to Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates in voting for National League Most Valuable Player. McCutchen took home 28 of 30 first-place votes, while Goldschmidt earned the most second-place votes (15).
All in all, it was a solid offseason for Goldschmidt*.
- National League Hank Aaron Award
- National League Rawlings Gold Glove (First Base)
- National League Silver Slugger
Goldschmidt led the NL with 36 home runs, 125 runs batted in, 332 total bases, a .551 slugging percentage and an OPS of .952. He batted at a .302 clip this season.
* As Lost Cat noted below, Goldschmidt was also named to the National League All-Star Team back in July and was voted in by his peers.
Will former Texas State first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have enough space in his house for all of the awards he’s winning this offseason? If not, Goldschmidt might need to build a new wing.
Earlier this week it was announced that Goldschmidt was a finalist for National League Most Valuable Player along with Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. Then a few days later, Goldschmidt brought home a Silver Slugger award given out to the best hitter at each position in their respective league.
Paul Goldschmidt (File Photo).
Goldschmidt led the NL in a handful of statistical categories, including home runs (36), runs batted in (125) and total bases (332).
If you’re counting at home, here is Goldschmidt’s haul so far: NL Hank Aaron Award (best statistical hitter), Rawlings Gold Glove (best fielder at first base in the NL) and that Silver Slugger.
We’ll find out next Thursday if Goldschmidt is truly golden, when they hand out the most prestigious award of them all: MVP.
Former Bobcat standout Paul Goldschmidt makes a stop (Photo via Google).
Paul Goldschmidt won another postseason award.
Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt had a monster year for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Just how good was it? Everybody is about to find out this offseason as Goldschmidt is expected to rake in as many postseason awards as he had runs batted in.
Paul Goldschmidt is all smiles after hitting a walk-off home run (USA Today).
What a season it was for Paul Goldschmidt.
Even though the Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t make the playoffs, the former Texas State slugger thrust himself in the middle of the discussion for National League Most Valuable Player with a monstrous year.
Power hitters, like Paul Goldschmidt, remember a lot of firsts: first home run, first grand slam and first time they eclipse the 100-RBI mark for a season. Goldschmidt already did the first two, so why not reach the century mark in style?
During the eighth inning of a 5-2 win by the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Cincinnati Reds, Goldschmidt mashed a grand slam to stick 100 RBI on the nose. It was Goldschmidt’s third grand slam of the season, which set a team record.
Through 123 games, Goldschmidt is batting .297 with 31 home runs and 100 RBI. Goldschmidt leads the National League in RBI and is tied with Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the league lead in home runs.
Remember when former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt had his critics?
They’re probably his biggest fans now.
Here is Paul Goldschmidt.
Goldschmidt delivered again Tuesday night as he belted two meaningful home runs in a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. A ninth-inning solo shot tied the game at 3-all, then another solo bomb — this one in the 11th — sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a walk-off win.
“Every time he goes to the plate,” Arizona third baseman Martin Prado told the Arizona Republic, “we’re expecting great things from him.”
Through 117 games, Goldschmidt leads the National League with 29 home runs and 93 runs batted in. In comparison, Goldschmidt’s best year in the minor leagues came back in 2010 when he hit .314, crushed 34 home runs and knocked in 108 runs for the Visalia Rawhide.
If Goldschmidt keeps swinging a hot bat and the Diamondbacks make up ground in the playoff race (5.5 games back of the Wild Card and 7.5 games back of the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers), the 25-year-old first baseman would be a sure-fire candidate for NL Most Valuable Player.
CLICK HERE to watch Goldschmidt’s game-winning home run.
Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt took part in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game tonight. Goldschmidt, playing as a reserve behind Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds, entered the game in the top of the fifth inning.
With Goldschmidt in the field, the National League turned three double plays. Goldschmidt also hauled in a foul ball off the bat of Miguel Cabrera for an out.
At the plate, Goldschmidt did as predicted. Goldschmidt grounded out in his first at-bat on a fine play by Manny Machado, then roped a two-out double in the ninth inning.
Through 94 games, Goldschmidt is having quite the season. Goldschmidt is batting .313 with 21 home runs to go along with an NL-leading 77 runs batted in.
You may notice there hasn’t been a Goldschmidt Tracker™ around these parts for a while — and it was for a good reason. We probably couldn’t keep up with what former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt has done for the Arizona Diamondbacks thus far.
In his most recent game, Goldschmidt clubbed his 20th home run of the season. It was a 437-foot, two-run shot in the first inning that put Arizona up 2-0 over the New York Mets.
Through 81 games in 2012, Goldschmidt is batting .303 with 20 HRs and an NL-leading 69 RBIs.
Goldschmidt is also second among NL first basemen in 2013 All-Star voting. With two days left to cast a ballot, Goldschmidt has 3,035,114 votes compared to Joey Votto’s 3,622,608.
It doesn’t get much clearer for Texas State.
If the Bobcats are to make the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Game, they’ll need New Mexico State to beat Dallas Baptist tomorrow afternoon and then Texas State must beat UT Arlington. Should one of those conditions not be met — specifically a loss by the Aggies — the Bobcats’ season is done.
Texas State put itself in this situation Friday after a 7-5 loss to Dallas Baptist. Senior third baseman Nick Smelser belted a three-run home run in the game, but it wasn’t enough.
Later in the afternoon, New Mexico State knocked off UTA and left each team in Pool B with a 1-1 record.
Want to know the rest of the scenarios in Pool B? Here you go.
- For Texas State to reach title game: NMSU must beat DBU; Texas State must beat UTA.
- For UTA to reach title game: DBU must beat NMSU; UTA must beat Texas State.
- For NMSU to reach title game: NMSU must beat DBU; UTA must beat Texas State.
- For DBU to reach title game: DBU must beat NMSU, Texas State must beat UTA.