1st-Timers Take MVPs

11/18/2022 1st-Timers Take MVPs

By: Jeff Yoder

Aaron Judge (Yankees) & Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) Take Home 2022 MLB MVP Honors

Two sluggers took home their first MVP awards on Thursday night to cap off awards week in the majors. Aaron Judge (Yankees) was a no-doubter for the American League honor while Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) nabbed the National League hardware. The Yankees (1st) and Cardinals (2nd) are the top two franchises in all-time MVP award winners. Let’s take a look at their 2022 seasons in review.


Judge’s Historic Season

Judge was the be-all-end-all in 2022 with a constant home-run tracker season that culminated in the AL record (62 home runs). He led the Yankees to a 99-63 record while batting .311 and tallying a league-best 131 RBIs and a ridiculous 1.111 OPS. And now, Judge hits a major decision this offseason as a free agent.


AL MVP Voting

A. Judge (NYY): 410 points

S. Ohtani (LAA): 280 points

Y. Alvarez (HOU): 232 points


Goldy’s Great Campaign

Goldschmidt became one of the oldest MVP winners at 35 years old. He was the MVP runner-up in 2013 and 2015 before finishing third in 2017. Now, he owns the top spot. Goldy batted .317 with 35 homers and 115 RBIs.


NL MVP Voting

P. Goldschmidt (STL): 380 points

M. Machado (SD): 291 points

N. Arenado (STL): 232 points


That’s a wrap on MLB awards week. We’ll table the MLB coverage until winter meetings and off-season news garners the headlines.


Additional Storylines

ESPN: Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt Wins First Career MVP Award

NY Post: Aaron Judge Can — And Should — Leverage Every Penny From Hal Steinbrenner


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