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Goldschmidt Proves to be Ultimate Team Player for Cardinals

December 07, 2018 - 10:11 am
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One of the first things we learned about Paul Goldschmidt from his past teammates, Phoenix-area media and anyone who has met him was that the toughest thing to do will be to get the six-time All-Star to talk about himself. The St. Louis Cardinals new first baseman proved them right when he was introduced Friday at Busch Stadium. 

"Honestly it's not about me, it's about trying to help us win," Goldschmidt said. 

It may sound miniscule, but even the fact that he accepted a new uniform No. (46 instead of the No. 44 he's worn his entire career). Goldschmidt said he never even asked for the number, currently occupied by pitcher Luke Gregerson. 

You can watch the entire press conference here:

Goldschmidt was told Friday about his comparison to Albert Pujols, which has been made by people like Tony La Russa - his boss for a time in Arizona - and Daniel Descalso, his former teammate

Now, he'll take over position previously held by Pujols.

He called the former Cardinal "one of, if not the best to ever play," and did his best to end the comparisons. 

"That's high praise, probably a little too high," Goldschmidt said. "You've got a Hall of Famer, one of the greatest of all time and guy who has been absolutley unbelievable and a role model. I've gotten to know him, talk to him and pick his brain a little bit."

But he'll have trouble stopping the off-field comparisons. As Pujols has kept up his Pujols Family Foundation headquartered in St. Louis, Goldschmidt held an annual charity bowling event in Arizona that last year, alone, raised more than $180,000 for the local Phoenix Children's Hospital

Goldschmidt said he's looking forward to learning what he can do to help the community of his new team.

"I was that kid that was watching baseball players and emulating them, so you want to be that good role model," Goldschmidt said. "A little bit of your time goes a long way, so all the people who helped me out, I want to continue that tradition and help the community in St. Louis." 

The Cardinals traded three players and a 2019 draft pick to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday to acquire Goldschmidt.

The 31-year-old has been a National League All-Star each of the past six seasons (2013-18), and he is a four-time (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018) N.L. and Silver Slugger award winner. Goldschmidt is the lone NL player to be named an All-Star each of the past six seasons, and he’s one of just three players (Mike Trout and Salvador Pérez) in all of the majors to have done so.

The right-handed hitting Goldschmidt batted .290 in 2018 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI, finishing 6th in National League MVP voting.  The 6-3, 225-pound Delaware native has compiled a career .297 batting mark with 209 HR’s and 710 RBI in 1,092 games and has hit 30 or more homers in four of the last six seasons, including a league-leading 36 in 2013 when he finished 2nd in MVP voting.

Related: Diamondbacks GM: Goldschmidt is Possibly the Best Player in the NL

“Goldy” owns a career .398 on-base pct. and .532 slugging mark, and since 2013, ranks 2nd among National League leaders in home runs (181), RBI (602), hits (996), runs (599), walks (575), extra base hits (413).  Goldschmidt is the current leader among active MLB first basemen with a .996 fielding percentage and he ranks 5th all-time in MLB history.