Paul Goldschmidt Claims 2013 NL Hank Aaron Award

By Matthew Hochberg

Oct 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Hank Aaron (left) presents the 2013 Hank Aaron award to Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (center) and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (on video) prior to game four of the MLB baseball World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Goldschmidt is starting to become recognized for his stellar play last season. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman won the 2013 National League Hank Aaron Award, which recognizes the top offensive performers in each league. Miguel Cabrera took home the award for the American League.

The winners are determined by a vote among media, fans and Hank Aaron himself. Goldschmidt and Cabrera received the awards on Sunday, just prior to Game 4 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.

Goldy was certainly worthy of the honor. He hit .302/.401/.551 with 36 homers, 125 RBI and 99 walks. He led the NL in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, extra-base hits, OPS and OPS+.

The Hank Aaron Award might not be the only piece of hardware Goldschmidt will receive this offseason. The 26-year-old is considered to be one of the favorites for the MVP. He would become the first Diamondback to ever win the prestigious award.