Cardinals: Paul Goldschmidt wins the NL Hank Aaron Award

Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 14, 2021 in New York City. The Cardinals defeated the Mets 7-6 in eleven innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 14, 2021 in New York City. The Cardinals defeated the Mets 7-6 in eleven innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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St. Louis Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt wins the NL Hank Aaron Award

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Paul Goldschmidt continued his run of awards this offseason, being named the 2023 National League Hank Aaron Award winner, an award given to the top offensive performer in each league.

It is so surprise to see Goldschmidt win this award after the incredible season he had in 2022, and was already named the Player Choice Award’s NL Outstanding Player and a finalist for National League Most Valuable Player alongside teammate Nolan Arenado. On the season, Goldschmidt batted .317/.404/.578 with 35 HR and 115 RBI while leading the Cardinals to the NL Central Title.

Since coming over to St. Louis prior to the 2019 season, Goldschmidt has been the centerpiece to the club’s offense and is well on his way to being a Hall of Famer. As a Cardinal, Goldschmidt has put up a slash line of .291/.376/.516 with 106 HR and 332 RBI in just four seasons, and does not appear to be slowing down after a career year in his age-35 season.

It’s only a matter of time before Major League Baseball announces Goldschmidt as the National League Most Valuable Player, and he will be well-deserving of the award. If the Cardinals first baseman can be anywhere close to the player he was this season in 2023, they’ll be in prime position to win the division once again and potentially make a run in October.

After having two players finish top-3 in MVP voting this year, the Cardinals should see that as reason to make major upgrades and go for a World Series title in 2023. To stay up to date on all Cardinals offseason moves and rumors, check out our offseason tracker. 

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