After the “rookies”, managers and the launchers, MLB’s two regular season MVP trophies were awarded on Thursday. New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge won the American League, while St Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt won the National League. Both men were named MVPs for the first time in their careers.
Judge (30) had a fabulous season, by hitting 62 home runs and also scoring 131 RBI (RBIs on his own hit). All with an average of 31.1% at bat. Of the 30 people who voted (two journalists for each of the 15 teams in the league), 28 gave their vote to the player from New York, against two for Shohei Ohtani, the star of the Los Angeles Angels, both pitcher and drummer.
Goldschmidt (35) has finally won an MVP crown, having been ranked second in 2013 and 2015, then third in 2017, each time with Arizona, his first team. This season, he had 178 hits for 35 home runs, 115 RBIs and a 31.7% batting average. Paul Goldschmidt was ranked first by 22 journalists. Seven others voted for Manny Machado (San Diego) and one for Nolan Arenado (St Louis).