Colorado Rockies: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2017 Season
Think about this for just a minute. Nolan Arenado finished fifth in the National League MVP voting last season. He paced the National League in homers and Major League Baseball in RBI. He earned his fourth straight Gold Glove. But he finished fifth behind Kris Bryant, Daniel Murphy, Corey Seager and Anthony Rizzo in the final voting.
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Of course, there’s one thing that the four players who finished above Arenado last season had that he didn’t. No, it wasn’t more offensive prowess. No, it wasn’t better glove skills in the field. It was that they all competed in the postseason, with Bryant earning the MVP after bringing home the first World Series title in what seemed like far more than 108 years to long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans.
This year, it all will change because of Colorado’s run at the postseason. Arenado will be in the spotlight nationally as the Rockies chase a Wild Card spot. He’ll keep doing Nolan-like things and the national media will finally start seeing him for the all-around player that he is.
Yes, it will take an improvement in Colorado’s record and the Rockies playing meaningful games in September. However, this is the year it will happen and it’s the year that Nolan Arenado finally wins the National League MVP award.