There are debates heating up all over Major League Baseball about which players should win the awards that are handed out after the season. While this is a ton of fun and sure to bring lots of great opinions to water-cooler conversations, there is one award that shouldn’t be that big of a debate. The National League MVP should go to Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. That’s it, voting over; give the award to him right now.
I believe that the MVP should not necessarily go to the guy with the best stats overall or to someone whose team is a World Series favorite. The most valuable player in the league should be the man that has been the most valuable to his team. That man is without a doubt is Goldschmidt. He leads the N.L. in RBI and is right there at the top in home runs as well. That isn’t where the award is won though.
What has he meant to the team? He leads the DBacks in batting average, home runs, runs scored, RBI and even stolen bases. Not only that but when you look at the games he has played in the DBacks are 68 – 66. In those 68 wins Goldy has a .365 batting average, 1.194 OPS, 24 homers and 79 RBI. In the 66 losses he is only batting .218 with a .653 OPS, 7 homers and 25 RBI. That tells me that when the DBacks win it is largely because of Goldschmidt. If he had not been in the line-up all season, the DBacks would have been terrible. He is the most valuable literally and therefore should be the N.L. MVP.