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Paul Goldschmidt Wins More Hardware Ahead of NL MVP Announcement

Tyler Maher
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Paul Goldschmidt has won another award ahead of Thursday's NL MVP announcement.
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Paul Goldschmidt has won another award ahead of Thursday's NL MVP announcement. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Paul Goldschmidt is raking in the hardware this offseason, and MLB hasn't even announced the MVP results yet.

While the St. Louis Cardinals slugger has a good chance to win the National League MVP when the vote totals are revealed on Thursday, he's already collected a couple of new additions to his trophy case.

Paul Goldschmidt Award

Goldschmidt received the Heart and Hustle Award on Wednesday, which is the only major award voted on by former MLB players. The honor, which has been given out annually since 2005, is given to the player who excels on the field and "best embodies the values, spirits and traditions of baseball."

One player is nominated from all 30 teams each year, so it is not an easy award to win. This is the first time Goldschmidt has won during his 12-year career.

The honor is well deserved, however, as Goldschmidt is known for always playing hard and doing whatever he can to help his team win. That competitive spirit is evident in his well-rounded skill set, as he shines in all facets of the game and is always looking to improve. He also comes to play every day,, appearing in 150+ games in eight of the last nine non-shortened seasons.

Goldschmidt has already received the NL Hank Aaron Award and a Silver Slugger this month for his outstanding offensive season in 2022, which may end up earning him his first NL MVP trophy as well. The 35-year-old first baseman was one of the league's three finalists for the award after batting .317/.404/.578 with 35 home runs and 115 RBIs for the NL Central champions.

Regardless of whether he wins or not, St. Louis is lucky to have not just one of the best players in the game, but one of the sport's hardest-working stars as well.

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