Judge wins AL MVP and Goldschmidt wins NL MVP

Aaron Judge’s record-breaking season with the New York Yankees brought the AL MVP debate to a close.

Paul Goldschmidt’s consistent production throughout the campaign made him the undisputed number one hitter in the National League.

After finishing as runners-up in the past, both players earned league MVP awards for the first time.

After breaking the AL record with 63 home runs this season, the Judge handily beat out formidable hitter Shuhei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels in what some pundits considered would be a close race for the award.

“It’s hard to express,” Judge said in an interview with MLB Network, accompanied by his wife, parents, and clients. “It’s an incredible moment. Lots of work to get it.”

The 6-foot-7 (2 m) Judge received 28 of the 30 first-place votes and two second-place votes for 410 points from a panel of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Otani, who won the award last year, placed first on two cards and second on the other 28 with 280 points.

Cuban Yordan Alvarez, a World Series champion with the Houston Astros, finished third.

The judge admitted that the announcement made him “very nervous”. He said, “You don’t want to take anything for granted.”

Goldschmidt won the National League for the first time after missing several times early in his career. The first baseman received 22 out of 30 first place votes and eight second basemen for 380 points from the BBWAA board.

“It’s a great honor. But it’s not just about me,” Goldschmidt said in an interview with MLB Network. “What I want to say is that a lot of people have helped me.”

San Diego Padres’ third-place finisher Manny Machado finished second with 291 points after receiving seven first-place votes, 13 second, and seven-thirds.

Nolan Arenado, third baseman and Goldschmidt’s teammate with the Cardinals, finished third with 232 points. He was chosen first on one ballot, second on two, and third on 15.

Judge, a free agent, surpassed the mark of 61 homers set by the Yankees’ Roger Maris in 1961 in the American League.

Judge, the highest scoring player in league history, was also the leader in major leaguers (133), on-base percentage (. 425), slugging percentage (. 686), OPS (1.111), extra base hits (90) and total bases (391). ) with the Yankees, who won the East Division.

He hit a league-high 131 RBI and was second in the AL with a . 311 batting average.

Japanese superstar Ohtani had perhaps his best season as a hitter in baseball history with the Angels, who finished third with a 73-89 record.

As a pitcher, Ohtani went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 28 starts in 166 innings pitched. As a batter, the Japanese player hit . 273 with 34 homers, 95 RBIs and a 0.875 OPS.

The Houston go-ahead hitter in the World Series’ home run, Alvarez had a 306 ERA at the plate with 37 homers, 97 RBI and a 1,019 OPS in the regular season.

Judge was named AL Rookie of the Year in 2017, when he finished a distant second in MVP voting to Houston’s second baseman Jose Altuve.

Goldschmidt, 35, hits . 317 with 35 homers, 115 RBIs and a league-high 0.981 OPS this season. He had 41 doubles and 106 runs scored, plus a . 404 on-base percentage and leading with a 578 percentage.

“I definitely think that as you get older, you have to adapt, and that’s something I tried to do. I tried to get ahead of her,” Goldschmidt said.

“You can’t try to do the same thing as the previous campaign. But of course, there’s a stigma that as a player gets older, they’ll play worse. Nobody likes that. Nobody likes being told they can’t do something, and that It’s definitely motivating.”

Goldschmidt, a seven-time All-Star nominee and four-time Gold Glove Award winner, was second in National League MVP voting in 2013 and 2015, and third in 2017, when he played for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Finished sixth last season with the Central Division champion Cardinals.

“I never felt like I was missing out on anything,” Goldschmidt stated. “I’ve had some great campaigns.”

Machado batted . 298 with 32 home runs, 102 RBIs, and 898 OPS. He had 37 doubles and scored 100 points with the Padres, who advanced as a wild card to the postseason.

Arenado had a 0.23 batting ERA with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs, and once again shone defensively at third base to win his tenth consecutive Gold Glove. He had 42 doubles and had a . 891 OPS.

Thanks to the efficiency of Goldschmidt and Arenado, and even the comeback of Albert Pujols, the Cardinals finished 93-69 and won their second division title the past four seasons.

In the wild card round, the Cardinals were swept at home by the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Voting took place before the postseason.

“Whether I win this award or not, it’s going to be an amazing year,” said Goldschmidt. “This was my best campaign and the most fun I’ve ever had; playing with Nolan, Albert, and so many other classmates. As it was, it was incredible.”

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