I know I’m stealing that title, but it’s so good to describe Paul Goldschmidt.
I believe this is Goldy’s year to win the MVP. He’ll probably end up with numbers similar to 2015, but 10+ more steals and more runs. He’ll have the numbers of an MVP. Hopefully his team will make the playoffs, so they can’t snub him like 2013.
Unfortunately, the thing that voters will probably overlook is his character.
I’ve written about it several times. Goldy is such an amazing leader that I’ve seen this team take on his character over the years. He’s such a great leader that he influences everyone to be a better player. He’s one of the most team oriented, selfless players.
He even sets the example by the way he goes through struggles because Goldy never gets too high or too low. He’s not without passion because everyone knows he loves winning and hates losing. He’s just so tough mentally because he doesn’t get caught up in things he can’t control and he doesn’t dwell on success or failure.
I think that is a very important factor that makes an MVP because the season is long, and and MVP should have very short slumps. But Goldy does that and more. Goldy will slump a series, albeit with a few walks and good defense and base running, but he never slumps for a week.
Unique to his character, Goldy helps the team not slump. I’ve seen Lamb, Owings, Peralta, Drury, Ahmed, Pollock, even pitchers like Corbin all take on the Goldy traits. I mention these particular players because they’ve played with him the longest. Now, I know they’re also good players, but there’s a specific characteristic about Goldy that they’ve all embraced themselves, and you can see it if you’ve watched as much as I have. It’s characteristic that has to do with focus and mental preparation as much as physical preparation. It’s what many call “trusting in the process.” Well, no one does that as well as Paul Goldschmidt, and these very good young players have imitated their best player.
Imitation is the greatest compliment.
I think they imitate him willingly because he’s so easy to like and so impossible to dislike. He’s probably not known as a guy who has lots of personality, like David Peralta. But he’s known as someone who is very steady emotionally. He’s known as someone who shows respect to everyone, never showing up a pitcher, umpire, or opposing team. He’s one of the most boring interviews but I love it because he’s steady and not drawing attention to himself.
I’m sure he has his moments of frustration, but he doesn’t let the frustration knock him off course.
If they took the V in MVP seriously, they would weigh how much a player influences his teammates. You can probably ask his teammates and realize Goldy has the most positive influence on his team of any player in baseball.
Hopefully they keep winning and never slump as a team, continuing to shine the Goldy way.