Once again, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt came up just short in his bid to become the first D-backs player to win the National League's Most Valuable Player Award, finishing third in the voting behind winner Giancarlo Stanton and runner-up Joey Votto.Stanton and Votto each got 10 first-place votes in a
Once again, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt came up just short in his bid to become the first D-backs player to win the National League's Most Valuable Player Award, finishing third in the voting behind winner Giancarlo Stanton and runner-up Joey Votto.
Stanton and Votto each got 10 first-place votes in a race that turned out to be the third closest in NL MVP balloting and the fourth overall, as Stanton edged Votto, 302-300.
This is the third time Goldschmidt has finished in the top three in NL MVP voting, finishing second behind Andrew McCutchen in 2013 and again to Bryce Harper in 2015.
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Goldschmidt received four first-place votes, five second-place votes and four third-place votes. He was also fourth on nine ballots and was as low as eighth on one.
Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and Kristopher Bryant also received first-place votes. It was the first time since 2011 that six players received at least one first-place vote in MVP voting, and it had not happened in the NL since 1979, when Keith Hernandez and Willie Stargell tied for the MVP as eight candidates got first-place votes.
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The D-backs accomplished a remarkable turnaround in 2017, completely reversing their 2016 record and finishing 93-69. Goldschmidt was a huge part of that.
Goldschmidt had an outstanding all-around season in 2017, as his mantle will attest. He recently won his third Rawlings Gold Glove Award, as well as his third Silver Slugger Award.
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At the plate, Goldschmidt was third in the NL in runs (117) and fourth in RBIs (120), walks (94) and extra-base hits (73). His on-base percentage (.404) and OPS (.966) ranked fifth.
Defensively, he was second in the NL in defensive runs saved with 10, and he was first in the NL in total zone runs, which is the number of runs above or below average a player was worth based on the number of plays made, with 15.
"I'm actually getting tired of talking to him and congratulating him with all these awards," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo joked. "But what it means is you have one of the best players in the game on your team, and it's all so well deserved for him. We're proud of him for that. He's so unassuming while winning the Silver Slugger and the Gold Glove that you just take those things for granted, because he is so special and so consistent every day."
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.