PHOENIX - Arizona Diamondbacks' first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finished second in the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player voting in an announcement today by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). Goldschmidt's second-place finish was the best by a D-backs player in club history, ahead of Matt Williams (1999) and Luis Gonzalez's (2001) third-place result.
Goldschmidt, 26, hit .302 (182-for-602) with 36 doubles, 36 home runs, 125 RBI, 99 walks and 103 runs scored in 2013. He ranked among NL leaders this season in slugging percentage (1st, .551), OPS (1st, .952), extra-base hits (1st, 75), RBI (1st), total bases (1st, 332), home runs (T-1st), walks (3rd), runs scored (T-3rd), OBP (4th, .401) and doubles (T-10th).
"It's a huge honor just to be one of the finalists," said Goldschmidt. "There have obviously been a lot of great players, just to be mentioned alongside them is a huge honor. I want to say congratulations to Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera and all of the other winners. It was a good year and hopefully we'll move on and get a little bit better as a team next year and strive towards making the playoffs and winning the World Series."
In addition to finishing runner-up in the 2013 NL MVP balloting, Goldschmidt won the NL Hank Aaron Award as the league's top offensive performer, received his first Silver Slugger® and Rawlings® Gold Glove Award at first base, and was selected as the club's MVP by the Arizona chapter of the BBWAA. Goldschmidt was the third NL player to win both the league's top offensive accolade and defensive honor, joining outfielders Andruw Jones (2005) and Matt Kemp (2011).
Goldschmidt, who also led the NL in walk-off home runs (3), home runs after the eighth inning (7), go-ahead home runs (20) and go-ahead RBI (37), received a total of 242 points.