It is officially the end of an era in Phoenix with Patrick Corbin signing with the Nationals, AJ Pollock most likely not returning, and Paul Goldschmidt getting traded to the Cardinals.
Paul Goldschmidt is arguably the greatest Diamondback of all time as he leaves as a 6-time All-Star, 4-time Silver Slugger, and 3-time Gold Glover. He will leave with 209 HR’s, 1182 hits, and an incredible slash line of .297/.398/.532. He finished second in the MVP voting twice in 2013 and 2015. He finished third in 2017 and sixth in 2018 even with a really tough start to the 2018 season.
Goldy wasn’t just a fan favorite, he was also a clubhouse favorite. He was a homegrown talent drafted in the 8th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, and he came up at the end of 2011 helping the team reach the postseason.
Goldy was a very quiet and sometimes not emotional player, but I want to start out by showing two videos that display what kind of teammate and person he is.
Goldy is the ultimate teammate even without great leadership skills per se, and he seemed like he was always clutch whether it was with his bat or glove. Here are just a few of Goldy’s best moments as a D-Backs. This list could go on and on…
Goldy had Lincecum’s number his entire career, and his first career homer was off of him. This was his second career hit, and it was his first of seven homers off of Big Time Timmy Jim. His slash line was .536/.559/1.357 against him…
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This moment is interesting because it was a big homer against a future team in Zack Greinke. Let’s remember this was his rookie year of only 48 regular season games prior to a postseason appearance.
What a moment for the young rookie. Shawn Marcum’s reaction says it all.
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Are you kidding me? His first multi-homer game came against the Dodgers off of Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen.
This moonshot to center was the first walk-off home run of Goldy’s career. He had 4 walk-off, 21 game-tying, and 97 go-ahead homers in Arizona out of 209 in total.
This video is a little shaky but stick with it because it was a pretty awesome moment for the first time All-Star. He has gone to six straight All-Star games since 2013.
His defense and base running have been almost as impressive as his hitting ability, and it has resulted in three Golden Gloves coming in ’13,’15, and ’17.
This might be my favorite Goldschmidt moment and D-Backs game in quite a long time. The Cubs were the reigning World Series winners, and the D-Backs came into town and stole two out of three games against them after losing Game 1 16-4. This was the third game of the series, and it was unforgettable.
Chase Field probably hadn’t been this loud since the Luis Gonzalez World Series walk-off. Everyone in the stadium had a feeling something special was going to happen with two runners on and no outs in that first inning.
Goldy had a brutal start to the 2018 season, but wow did he bounce back in a big way in June. His bounce-back kept the team afloat during a rough patch of the season.
Only one player has had a higher WAR than Paul Goldschmidt since the start of 2012 (his first full year), and that guy is Mike Trout. This guy is a superstar on and off the field, and I wish him nothing but luck in St. Louis. Thanks for 8 memorable years in Arizona.