Colorado Rockies: Arenado, Blackmon come in 4th and 5th in MVP
Earlier tonight, the BBWAA (aka the Baseball Writer’s Association of America) announced on MLB Network the winner of the National League Most Valuable Player award. Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton won the award by two points over Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto. Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt came in third but the Colorado Rockies had Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon came in fourth and fifth in the voting.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and center fielder Charlie Blackmon came in fourth and fifth place in the National Most Valuable Player vote announced earlier tonight.
For Arenado, he received two first place votes. Jim Salisbury, of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Ken Gurnick, who covers the Dodgers for MLB.com, were the two writers who cast first place votes for him. For Blackmon, he got three first place votes. Tracy Ringolsby of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain and MLB.com, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, and Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch voted him for first place.
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For the rest of the spread of votes for Arenado, he garned three second place votes, eight third place votes, 11 fourth place votes, four fifth place votes, and one vote for sixth and seventh place, respectively. He was only ten points away from Paul Goldschmidt for third place (249 to 239).
A first place vote carries 14 points, a second place 9 points and with each spot down, the point total goes down one point so he was extremely close to third place. Overall, Giancarlo Stanton won with 302 points so the gap between the fourth place and first place was not wide.
For the spread for Blackmon, he got three first place votes, three second place votes, seven third place, one fourth, five fifth, three sixth, five seventh, two eighth, and one ninth place vote.
He only had 24 less points than Arenado and 97 less than Stanton.
If you want to check out each and every ballot, here is the link for the BBWAA page on the NL MVP ballots. They have the names who cast the ballots as well. Some of the ballots are very interesting.