All-Star first baseman among top 3 for NL MVP a 3rd time in 5 seasons
By Chad Thornburg
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are among the finalists for this year's Baseball Writers Association of America awards. Lovullo is up for the National League Manager of the Year Award, while Goldschmidt is among the top three for NL Most Valuable Player Award balloting for a third time in five years.
Goldschmidt, 30, finished second in NL MVP voting in 2013 and '15, and could become the first D-backs player to win the award. The other finalists are the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton and the Reds' Joey Votto.
In his fifth consecutive All-Star campaign, Goldschmidt finished this season ranked among the NL leaders in a number of offensive categories, including home runs (tied for 6th with 36), runs scored (3rd, 117), RBIs (4th, 120), extra-base hits (4th, 73), walks (4th, 94), on-base percentage (5th, .404) and OPS (5th, .966).
He's also among the finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award at first base, an honor he won in both 2013 and '15.
As a rookie manager in 2017, Lovullo led the D-backs to a 24-win improvement from last season and a playoff spot while finishing second in the NL West. Arizona defeated the Rockies in the NL Wild Card Game, but were swept by the Dodgers in the NL Division Series.
Lovullo's 93 wins were the most by an Arizona skipper in his first 162 games. He'd be the third D-backs manager to take home Manager of the Year honors, joining Bob Melvin (2007) and Kirk Gibson (2011). The Rockies' Bud Black and the Dodgers' Dave Roberts are the other two managers vying for the award.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.