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Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt is a finalist for Players Choice Player of the Year

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Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, perhaps the top contender for the National League Most Valuable Player award, on Thursday was named as one of the three finalists for the Players Choice Award as Player of the Year.

The other two finalists are heavy hitters in their own right — Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and pitching/hitting star Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels.

In voting done by the MLB players, Goldschmidt also was a finalist for Outstanding Player in the National League, where he is competing against Freddie Freeman of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta’s Austin Riley.

Cardinals utilityman Brendan Donovan was one of three finalists for Outstanding Rookie in the National League, along with Atlanta’s Spencer Strider and Michael Harris II. And the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols was one of three finalists for the Comeback Player in the National League, with Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. and San Diego’s Brandon Drury the others. Former Cardinal Matt Carpenter, who played for the New York Yankees this season, is a finalist for the American League Comeback Player award.

Interestingly, former Cardinals farmhands Sandy Alcantara (Miami) and Zac Gallen (Arizona) are two of the three finalists for Outstanding Pitcher in the National League, joining Los Angeles’ Julio Urias. Alcantara and Gallen both were part of the trade the Cardinals made for Marcell Ozuna.

Winners of the Players Choice awards will be announced next Thursday.

Goldschmidt, third baseman Nolan Arenado, designated hitter Pujols and utility player Tommy Edman were named finalists in the balloting for their positions for the Silver Slugger awards, awarded by Louisville Slugger, with voting done by managers and coaches.

Those winners will be announced on Nov. 10.

The Fielding Bible awards were announced on Thursday, with Arenado becoming the first Cardinals third baseman to win a Fielding Bible award at that position. Arenado, a nine-time Gold Glove winner, was credited with plus-19 defensive runs saved, according to FanGraphs. He had won four Fielding Bible awards during his time with Colorado.

The Cardinals had a second Fielding Bible winner in the newly established multiposition category, with Edman gaining the honor. Edman was third at second base in defensive runs saved at plus-19.

Goldschmidt, a Rawlings Gold Glove winner last year — as were Arenado and Edman — was a runner-up in the Fielding Bible voting this year to Arizona first baseman Christian Walker.

Goldschmidt, Arenado and Edman are Gold Glove candidates again this year with Edman finishing in the top three in two categories — at second base and utility player, where Donovan also is a finalist.

Last year, the Cardinals had a record five Gold Glovers with left fielder Tyler O’Neill and center fielder Harrison Bader, now with the Yankees, honored.

Neither was a finalist this season.

A look at the St. Louis Cardinals nominated for top spots in the Players Choice Awards which will be decided on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022.

In today’s 10 a.m. video, columnist Ben Hochman recalls Game 7 of the ‘11 World Series (11 years ago today), in which the Cardinals won their 11th title. Also, a happy birthday shoutout to Braden Looper! And, as always, Hochman picks a random St. Louis Cards card from the hat. Ten Hochman is presented by Window Nation!

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