Paul Goldschmidt had a year to remember in 2022.
The 35-year-old slugger helped guide the St. Louis Cardinals to a National League Central division title with a historic season.
The veteran first baseman hit .317 with 35 home runs and 115 RBI during the regular season, which was ultimately enough to earn him NL MVP honors.
Earlier this week, at the St. Louis Baseball Writers Association of America dinner, Goldschmidt received his award.
On Twitter, KMOX Sports, a local St. Louis sports station, posted a photo of Goldschmidt at the podium where he would receive the award, with a congratulatory message for his accomplishments projected behind him.
— KMOX Sports (@KMOXSports) January 19, 2023
Goldschmidt certainly earned the MVP Award.
While he wasn’t the only key factor in yet another successful Cardinals season, he certainly was the most important piece of the puzzle.
Led by Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, Tommy Edman, Brendan Donovan, Miles Mikolas, Ryan Helsley, and Adam Wainwright, the Cards won 93 games during the regular season and cruised to their record 13th NL Central title.
The slugger was also the starting first baseman on the National League All-Star squad in the summer and was one of five Cardinals to be represented in the All-Star festivities, joining Arenado, Mikolas, Pujols, and Helsley.
But this is a special moment for Goldschmidt, who has more than his fair share of career accolades, including seven All-Star nods, four Gold Gloves, and five Silver Slugger Awards.
The slugger is well respected in St. Louis and is the centerpiece of a team that looks to repeat as NL Central champs.