Diamondbacks' Goldschmidt: `America's 1st Baseman'

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PHOENIX (AP) -

Paul Goldschmidt's teammates have taken to calling him "America's first baseman," a heady title for an exceedingly humble young man.

Arizona's Willie Bloomquist says if you were to make a mold for a young player with the right attitude, work ethic and skills, Goldschmidt would be the guy. His manager Kirk Gibson has repeatedly lauded Goldschmidt's attitude and work ethic.

At 25, in just his second full season in the majors, Goldschmidt has emerged as one of the game's best. He leads the National League with 58 RBIs, hitting .322 with 15 home runs.

Four of those were go-ahead homers in the eighth inning or later, the most in the majors.

That five-year, $32 million contract Goldschmidt signed before this season began looks like a huge bargain.

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