2022 National League Most Valuable Player – Paul Goldschmidt

photo: Paul Goldschmidt via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Baseball Writers’ Association of America release

Here are the voting results of the 2022 National League Most Valuable Player Award. Ballots from two writers in each league city prior to postseason play are tabulated on a system that rewards 14 points for

first place, nine for second, eight for third, on down to one for 10th.

NL MVP 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Paul Goldschmidt Cardinals 22 8 380
Manny Machado Padres 7 13 7 2 1 291
Nolan Arenado Cardinals 1 2 15 11 1 232
Freddie Freeman Dodgers 6 6 13 3 1 1 220
Mookie Betts Dodgers 1 1 14 4 6 3 1 154
Austin Riley Braves 5 9 6 4 2 1 116
J.T. Realmuto Phillies 3 8 2 6 7 98
Pete Alonso Mets 1 2 4 5 3 2 7 81
Francisco Lindor Mets 1 2 7 6 6 3 77
Sandy Alcantara Marlins 2 1 1 1 1 2 3 39
Trea Turner Dodgers 1 2 2 3 2 29
Dansby Swanson Braves 2 5 7 23
Michael Harris II Braves 1 1 1 9
Julio Urías Dodgers 1 8
Jeff McNeil Mets 1 3 6
Daniel Bard Rockies 1 2
Kyle Schwarber Phillies 1 2
Edwin Díaz Mets 2 2
Starling Marte Mets 1 1

It marks the 18th time a Cardinals player has been honored. St. Louis’ total of MVP winners is the most in the National League and second only to the New York Yankees ’20 in the American League. Goldschmidt joins a list that includes three-time winners Stan Musial (1943, 1946, 1948) and Albert Pujols (2005, 2008-09), plus Frankie Frisch (1931), Dizzy Dean (1934), Joe Medwick (1937), Mort Cooper (1942), Marty Marion (1944), Ken Boyer (1964), Orlando Cepeda (1967), Bob Gibson (1968), Joe Torre (1971), Keith Hernandez (1979, co-winner with Willie Stargell) and Willie McGee (1985).

Goldschmidt’s victory was the 17th for a first baseman in the NL, including all three victories by Pujols and one each by Musial (1946), whose other two victories came as an outfielder, Cepeda (1967) and Hernandez (1979, co-winner with Stargell, another first baseman). Other winners at that position were Frank McCormick (1940), Dolph Camilli (1941), Phil Cavarretta (1945), Willie McCovey (1969), Steve Garvey (1974), Jeff Bagwell (1994), Ryan Howard (2006), Joey Votto (2010) and Freddie Freeman (2020). The AL MVP Award has been won by a first baseman 15 times.

Paul Goldschmidt

Goldschmidt, the runner-up in NL MVP voting in 2013 and 2015 with the Diamondbacks, is the fourth NL player and the eighth overall to have finished second in the voting twice before winning the BBWAA’s MVP Award for the first time. Others in the NL to do so were Stargell, a runner-up in 1971 and 1973 before winning in 1979; Andre Dawson, a runner-up in 1981 and 1983 before winning in 1987; and Pujols, a runner-up in 2002 and 2003 before winning in 2005 (and also in 2008 and 2009). In the AL, Lou Gehrig was a runner-up in 1931 and 1932 before winning in 1936 (he also won in 1927 before the BBWAA took over the award in 1931); Ted

Williams was a runner-up in 1941 and 1942 before winning in 1946 (and also in 1949); Alex Rodriguez was a runner-up in 1996 and 2002 before winning in 2003 (and also in 2005 and 2007) and Mike Trout was a runner-up in 2012 and 2013 before winning in 2014 (and also in 2016 and 2019).

Goldschmidt, Machado, Arenado, Freeman and Betts were named on all ballots.

Previous winners (* – Unanimous)

2021 Bryce Harper, Phillies; 2020 Freddie Freeman, Braves; 2019 Cody Bellinger, Dodgers; 2018 Christian Yelich, Brewers; 2017 Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins; 2016 Kris Bryant, Cubs; 2015 *Bryce Harper, Nationals; 2014 Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; 2013 Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; 2012 Buster Posey, Giants; 2011 Ryan Braun, Brewers; 2010 Joey Votto, Reds; 2009 *Albert Pujols, Cardinals; 2008 Albert Pujols, Cardinals; 2007 Jimmy Rollins, Phillies; 2006 Ryan Howard, Phillies; 2005 Albert Pujols, Cardinals; 2004 Barry Bonds, Giants; 2003 Barry Bonds, Giants; 2002 *Barry Bonds, Giants; 2001 Barry Bonds, Giants; 2000 Jeff Kent, Giants; 1999 Chipper Jones, Braves; 1998 Sammy Sosa, Cubs; 1997 Larry Walker, Rockies; 1996 *Ken Caminiti, Padres; 1995 Barry Larkin, Reds; 1994 *Jeff Bagwell, Astros; 1993 Barry Bonds, Giants; 1992 Barry Bonds, Pirates; 1991 Terry Pendleton, Braves; 1990 Barry Bonds, Pirates; 1989 Kevin Mitchell, Giants; 1988 Kirk Gibson, Dodgers; 1987 Andre Dawson, Cubs; 1986 Mike Schmidt, Phillies; 1985 Willie McGee, Cardinals; 1984 Ryne Sandberg, Cubs; 1983 Dale Murphy, Braves; 1982 Dale Murphy, Braves; 1981 Mike Schmidt, Phillies; 1980 *Mike Schmidt, Phillies; 1979 (Tie) Keith Hernandez, Cardinals, and Willie Stargell, Pirates; 1978 Dave Parker, Pirates; 1977 George Foster, Reds; 1976 Joe Morgan, Reds; 1975 Joe Morgan, Reds; 1974 Steve Garvey, Dodgers; 1973 Pete Rose, Reds; 1972 Johnny Bench, Reds; 1971 Joe Torre, Cardinals; 1970 Johnny Bench, Reds; 1969 Willie McCovey, Giants; 1968 Bob Gibson, Cardinals; 1967 *Orlando Cepeda, Cardinals; 1966 Roberto Clemente, Pirates; 1965 Willie Mays, Giants; 1964 Ken Boyer, Cardinals; 1963 Sandy Koufax, Dodgers; 1962 Maury Wills, Dodgers; 1961 Frank Robinson, Reds; 1960 Dick Groat, Pirates; 1959 Ernie Banks, Cubs; 1958 Ernie Banks, Cubs; 1957 Henry Aaron, Braves; 1956 Don Newcombe, Dodgers; 1955 Roy Campanella, Dodgers; 1954 Willie Mays, Giants; 1953 Roy Campanella, Dodgers; 1952 Hank Sauer, Cubs; 1951 Roy Campanella, Dodgers; 1950 Jim Konstanty, Phillies; 1949 Jackie Robinson, Dodgers; 1948 Stan Musial, Cardinals; 1947 Bob Elliott, Braves; 1946 Stan Musial, Cardinals; 1945 Phil Cavarretta, Cubs; 1944 Marty Marion, Cardinals; 1943 Stan Musial, Cardinals; 1942 Mort Cooper, Cardinals; 1941 Dolph Camilli, Dodgers; 1940 Frank McCormick, Reds; 1939 Bucky Walters, Reds; 1938 Ernie Lombardi, Reds; 1937 Joe Medwick, Cardinals; 1936 Carl Hubbell, Giants; 1935 Gabby Hartnett, Cubs; 1934 Dizzy Dean, Cardinals; 1933 Carl Hubbell, Giants;1932 Chuck Klein, Phillies; 1931 Frankie Frisch, Cardinals.