Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt Awarded First NL MVP: ‘God Has Blessed Me’

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Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt Awarded First NL MVP: ‘God Has Blessed Me’

By Movieguide® Staff

After the Houston Astros took home the World Series championship, the MLB began to announce its league-wide awards.

For St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, the MVP discussion is a familiar one as he was the runner up in 2013 and 2015, and earned a third place finish in 2017 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

However, this year Goldschmidt finally won the NL MVP award for the first time, inching out San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado and his own teammate Nolan Arenado.

Teammate Albert Pujols announced the news, after the 35-year-old received 22 of the 30 first-place votes.

“What I love about you is just the way that you conduct yourself off the field [and on the field], the great teammate you are,” Pujols told Goldschmidt.

Goldschmidt is the ninth-oldest player to win MVP since 1969. However, Goldschmidt turned praise towards God and his support system.

“There’s been so many different people that have helped me, and I just feel like God has blessed me to surround me with great people, and I’ve just tried to soak up their knowledge and wisdom and tried to use it to the best of my ability,” he said. “Whether I won this or not, it was going to be a great year. This was my best year and the most fun I had.”

“He’s one of if not the best friend of mine on the team, and I rely on him a ton,” Goldschmidt said of his teammate Arenado. “We talk almost before every at-bat. I don’t win this award if it’s not for Nolan. I talk to him so much, I talk to him all the time, I vent to him, and I ask questions of him. He pushes me, he motivates me, and we’re there for each other.”


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