Manny Machado’s case for MVP in 2022

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Author: AJ Cassavell

Published on: 2022-09-20 17:43:00

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Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals come to town this week, which means now is as good a time as any to ignite that National League MVP debate.
 
The Padres, of course, have a serious candidate of their own in Manny Machado. And among all the primary contenders — Machado, Goldschmidt, Arenado and the Dodgers’ trio of Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts and Trea Turner — it’s Machado who has done it without the help of a fellow MVP candidate in the starting lineup.
 
“It’s not only numbers-wise,” said Padres manager Bob Melvin. “Just kind of who he is — posting up and playing every day, playing hurt, getting big hits. … He’s…

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