Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton edges out Reds’ Joey Votto for NL MVP in fourth closest election

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If the Miami Marlins follow through on their apparent intentions to trade Giancarlo Stanton, they’ll have the rare distinction of dealing away a newly minted MVP.

Stanton earned the award in the National League on Thursday by only two points after a career season in which he belted 59 home runs, the highest total in the majors since 2001.

In the fourth-closest MVP race ever, Stanton received 10 of the 30 first-place votes and had 302 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He edged out Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who also received 10 first-place votes but finished with 300 points.

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finished third with 239 points.

“I thought it was going to be close,” Stanton said. “I thought (Nolan) Arenado was going to be up there too, so the fact he wasn’t made me even more unsure if I was going

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/11/16/nl-mvp-giancarlo-stanton-joey-votto-paul-goldschmidt/871477001/

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