For more than a decade, Paul Goldschmidt has been plying his trade as one of the best hitters in baseball. His status among the game's elite was reinforced on Thursday, as he was awarded the National League Hank Aaron Award for the second time in his career.
Paul Goldschmidt Hank Aaron Award
The Hank Aaron Award is awarded annually to the best hitter in each league. Goldschmidt was a no-brainer this year after challenging for the NL Triple Crown with his .317 average, 35 home runs and 115 RBIs.
Those stats only scratch the surface for the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman, who led the Senior Circuit with a .578 SLG and a .981 OPS. He also clobbered 41 doubles, scored 106 runs and posted a .404 OBP for the division-winning Cardinals.
Goldschmidt previously won the award with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013, leading the National League with 36 home runs and 125 RBIs that year while finishing second in the league's MVP race. He's an MVP finalist again this season as well after being named one of the top three vote getters in the NL.
The 35-year-old has yet to win an MVP award despite finishing top-3 on three separate occasions. Based on his offensive numbers at least, this could be the year he finally takes it home.