Cardinals slugger Paul Goldschmidt wins NL MVP award

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals has won the National League MVP award, taking the coveted trophy for the first time after a couple of close calls earlier in his career. The first baseman received 22 of 30 first-place votes and eight seconds for 380 points from a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel. San Diego third baseman Manny Machado finished second with 291 points after getting seven first-place votes. Goldschmidt’s teammate with the NL Central champion Cardinals, third baseman Nolan Arenado, came in third. The 35-year-old Goldschmidt batted .317 with 35 home runs, 115 RBIs and a league-leading .981 OPS this season. The seven-time All-Star was runner-up for NL MVP in 2013 and 2015, then finished third in 2017 — all with the Arizona Diamondbacks.