Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt He was named the National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Followed by the vote Manny Machado The Padres and his teammate Nolan Arenado.

Although he has been approached many times, this is the first MVP award for the 35-year-old in September. He had arguably the best campaign of his career in 2022, even though it was older than most athletes’ prime years. That production was 77% better than the league average hitter as evidenced by his 177 wRC+. Combined with his solid defense at first base, he has a 7.1 win rating by FanGraphs and a 7.8 rating by Baseball Reference.

Goldschmidt finished second among qualified NL batters in on-base percentage, trailing only him. Freddie Freeman. He leads the league in rebounding and ranks fifth in long balls. Along the way, he was named to his seventh All-Star game. Goldschmidt won his fifth career Silver Slugger Award and was voted MVP every season to 2015. He is on two more years of the five-year extension that St. Louis signed shortly after the franchise acquired him from the Diamondbacks. Change business.

Machado had the highest number one finish of his career to date. He finished in the top five in the voting on four separate occasions, including two of his four seasons in San Diego. He hit .298/.366/.531 with 32 homers and 37 doubles in 150 games. Machado finished 7th in the NL in on-base percentage and fourth in slugging. He notched his sixth career star in the process.

Arenado won his 10th straight Gold Glove award this year with a typically outstanding season at the Heat’s corner. He also had arguably the best offensive year of his career, posting a .293/.358/.533 line in 620 plate appearances. Only Goldschmidt and Mookie Betts He was first in walks and ninth in on-base percentage. Arenado secured 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 receive first-place nods. Freeman finished fourth overall and was held by six picks in the second round. Beats finished the top five and the Mets star Pete Alonso (who finished eighth) was the only player to receive the second vote. Austin Riley, JT RealmutoAlonso Francisco Linder and a Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara It is placed in order from the sixth to the tenth.

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