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Paul Edward Goldschmidt, nicknamed “Goldy”, is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks in 2011.
Goldschmidt is a five-time MLB All-Star. He has won the National League Hank Aaron Award, Gold Glove Award, and Silver Slugger Award.
The Arizona Diamondbacks chose Goldschmidt in the eighth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. In 2009, he excelled in Rookie League for the Missoula Osprey, hitting .334 and 18 home runs in addition to 62 RBI in his first half-season of professional baseball.
Goldschmidt was called up to the majors on August 1, 2011, ending up being the first Texas State position player to play in the major leagues. At the time of his call-up, he was leading the minors with 30 home runs. Goldschmidt tallied a base hit in his first at-bat on August 1, and hit his first home run the next day of rest San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum. In his rookie season, Goldschmidt batted .250 with 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 48 games.
In Game 3 of the NLDS playoffs against the Brewers, Goldschmidt hit a grand slam home run to extend the team’s lead in its first victory of the series. His homer was the third grand slam by a rookie in MLB postseason history. The Diamondbacks lost the series in five games, and Goldschmidt batted .438 with 6 RBI and an OBP of .526.
In 2012, Goldschmidt played 145 games and batted.286 with 20 home runs, 82 runs, 82 RBIs, 43 doubles, and 18 stolen bases. Goldschmidt hit his first career regular-season grand slam on June 1 off of Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Mármol at Wrigley Field. Four days later, Goldschmidt hit another grand slam off St. Louis Cardinals reducer Maikel Cleto. Goldschmidt hit a third grand slam on August 20, 2013 against pitcher J. J. Hoover of the Cincinnati Reds.
During the 2013 MLB season, Goldschmidt was picked to the National League all-star team. Goldschmidt gathered one of only three hits for the National League team, and the only extra-base hit, when he doubled with 2 outs in the ninth inning. On August 13, he hit a game-tying home run versus the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the ninth inning to send out the game into additional innings. Goldschmidt then hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eleventh, ending up being the first Diamondbacks player to record game-tying and walk-off home runs in the same game. In 160 games that season, he obtained a .302 batting average, 36 home runs, and 125 RBI. Goldschmidt finished second in the NL MVP ballot, behind Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.
In 2014, Goldschmidt batted.300 with 19 home runs, 75 runs, and 69 RBIs prior to a damaged hand ended his season on August 1. Goldschmidt was the starting first baseman for the NL in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
On June 10, 2015, Goldschmidt hit his 100th career home run versus Brett Anderson of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is now sixth on the Diamondbacks’ all-time home run list. Later that year, Goldschmidt was once again the starting first baseman for the NL in the All-Star Game. Goldschmidt attained a .321 batting average with 33 home runs and 110 RBI in 2015. He won his second Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award. For the second time in three seasons, Goldschmidt was voted the runner-up for the NL MVP award, this time completing behind Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.
In 2016, Goldschmidt batted .297 with 24 home runs, 106 runs, and 95 RBIs in 579 at-bats. Goldschmidt was once again named to the NL All-Star Team, to play in San Diego where he went 0 for 3, recording a fielder’s option in the ninth inning.