Unlike the American League, the National League MVP for the quarter-season is one of the best debates a baseball fan could have right now. In fact, my roommate and I debated the topic for like thirty minutes before coming to an agreement. Therefore, I will just break down each candidate’s case before selecting a winner. These guys are not in any particular order:
Joey Votto: Votto was my selection at first, seeing as I am always a fan of guys who are OBP fiends. However, after carefully considering other options, I decided against him.
Carlos Gomez: fWAR leader, but the Milwaukee Brewers stink. Moving on …
Paul Goldschmidt: Another player who is having phenomenal season for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is near the top in every offensive category, yet he isn’t leading in any of them. If the Diamondbacks win the division like I think they will, I’m willing to bet Goldschmidt will get a lot of MVP votes.
Shin-Soo Choo: Awesome offensively, but horrendous defensively.
Finally, your quarter-season NL MVP is Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies. No one could have predicted that the Rockies would be in contention in the NL West, but with the production Tulo is giving his team, they are right in the thick of things. Tulowitzki is near the top of the league in every offensive category, including RBI where he is tied for the lead with Brandon Phillips.
So, due to the position he plays, his offensive numbers, his defensive numbers and the overall performance of his team, I have no choice to award Tulowitzki.