The Redbirds go for Goldy
It didn’t take long for Paul Goldschmidt to ingratiate himself with the St. Louis faithful.
After coming over in an offseason trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cardinals’ new first baseman slugged three home runs in the season’s second game, a 9-5 St. Louis win over the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Welcome to the Gateway City, Goldy.
Having toiled in relative anonymity in Phoenix for the past eight seasons, the 31-year-old Delaware native comes to St. Louis with a reputation as one of the game’s premier power hitters, one who has hit at least 30 home runs in three of his last four seasons and 216 over his career, to go with a .296 average, a .397 on-base percentage and a staggering .929 OPS. His best season arguably came in 2013, when he batted .302 with 36 homers, 125 RBI, a .401 OBP and an OPS of .952.
But he’s no one-dimensional, lumbering slugger, as evidenced by his three Gold Glove Awards and his ability to steal a base on occasion. In fact, he swiped a career-high 32 bags in 2016.
He gives the Cards the powerful right-handed bat they thought they were getting last year when they landed Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins, only to see him regress in 2018. Flirtations with Giancarlo Stanton via trade and Josh Donaldson via free agency also proved fruitless.
After signing Goldschmidt to a five-year contract extension worth nearly $130 million in March, the Cards hope he’s the final piece in a championship-caliber lineup that also includes Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong and Ozuna, one that leads them past the Brewers and Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.
Goldschmidt and the Cardinals can be seen in action at Wrigley Field against the Cubs in the rubber game of a three-game series Sunday, May 5, on ESPN.
Full name: Paul Edward Goldschmidt
Birth date: Sept. 10, 1987
Birthplace: Wilmington, Del.
Height/weight: 6 feet, 3 inches/225 pounds
Teams: Arizona Diamondbacks (2011-18), St. Louis Cardinals (2019-present)
Position: First base
Honors and achievements: Six-time All-Star; Gold Glove Award (2013, 2015, 2017); Silver Slugger Award (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018); NL home run and RBI leader (2013); Hank Aaron Award (2013)