Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – First time MVP’s crowned

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Award season is wrapping up in Major League Baseball and it’s official, the 2017 Most Valuable Players have been announced in both the National League and American League. And neither of the winners are surprising while both are deserving.

After hitting 59 home runs, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton won his first NL MVP Thursday. He became the first player in Marlins history to be named MVP. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve won the award in the AL after helping lead the Astros to its first World Series in franchise history. Altuve was the first Astro to win the award since Jeff Bagwell in 1994.

Both players had years that warranted the awards. However, if I were to have voted, I would have given my first place vote in the NL to a player like Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Stanton’s season was beyond historical and he was without a doubt one of the best players in the league in 2017, but I would have liked to see the award go to a player whose team’s season didn’t end after the regular season. Goldschmidt was the lone NL MVP candidate from a playoff team.

Goldschmidt was a huge difference maker for a D-Backs team that advanced to the NLDS and while JD Martinez was also an impact player, Arizona wasn’t in the playoffs without the leadership of Goldschmidt, someone who I believe is one of the most underrated players in baseball. Goldschmidt hit 36 home runs with 120 RBIs while batting just below .300 on the season.

Joey Votto, who lost out on the award by two points, was also incredibly deserving after proving to be arguably the best overall player in the NL. He played in all 162 games while hitting .320 with 36 home runs and 100 RBIs.

Altuve, in my opinion, was the undisputed AL MVP. And I’m not just saying that because Altuve has a stellar first name and represents the short guys like myself.

The Astros star second baseman, who easily won his first MVP award by beating Aaron Judge and Jose Ramirez Thursday, was in the top 10 in most offensive categories and was a main contributor to the world champions. The Astros had a lot of depth en route to their championship, but they don’t get to the World Series without Altuve.

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Jose Negron

Jose Negron is a 22 year old journalist from the North Huntingdon area. A recent graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Jose has written for Rumbunter and Pirates Breakdown for the past year. He is the former Editor in Chief and Sports Editor of Cal U’s campus newspaper, the Cal Times. He also covers high school sports for the Mon Valley Independent and serves as a contributor for Pittsburgh Sporting News, covering the Pirates. During the summer of 2015, he also interned with TribLive Radio, writing for their online blog, helping in the production of various radio shows and even appearing on the air.