Paul Goldschmidt wins inaugural Luis Gonzalez Award

Paul Goldschmidt is the first winner of the Luis Gonzalez Award, presented to the Diamondbacks player who best exemplefies the talents, spirit and heart of Gonzalez both on and off the field.

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PHOENIX — Paul Goldschmidt will be presented with the inaugural Luis Gonzalez Award prior to Thursday night’s game vs. the Rockies.

The award will be given annually to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of Gonzalez both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates and coaches.

"I’m humbled to have an award named after me, especially since it is something that will be voted upon by the players and staff," said Gonzalez, who is in his sixth season as special assistant to president and CEO Derrick Hall. "There could not be a better person to take home an award that focuses on talents both on and off the field than Paul Goldschmidt. He’s clearly become one of the best players in the game, and he truly understands the responsibility that goes along with that in the community."

Goldschmidt ranks among NL leaders in RBI (106, 2nd), walks (116, 3rd), total bases (309, 3rd), slugging percentage (.557, 3rd), on-base percentage (.432, 3rd), home runs (31, 5th) and batting average (.315, 6th).

Off the field, Goldschmidt has established himself as one of the city’s most charitable athletes and was recently named the D-backs nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for the second consecutive season. He and his wife, Amy, spend countless hours volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital interacting and visiting with kids and their families. This year, Goldschmidt increased the number of full-tuition scholarships for students wanting to continue their education at University of Phoenix from three to five. After graduating from University of Phoenix in 2013, both he and Amy personally selected the winners to receive the award and present the scholarships to them at Friday night’s game.