By Jack Etkin/Forbes.com
The streak was impressive, little-noticed and came to an end, but just barely. After three straight top-five finishes, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was sixth in voting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award.
Four players ahead of Arenado helped their teams reach the postseason and all five ahead of him played on winning clubs. The Rockies were a 91-loss laggard, who fell apart in late June and avoided a last place finish in the NL West on the final day of the season. Arenado’s career-highs in batting average (.315), on-base percentage (.379) and OPS (.962) along with 41 homers and 118 RBI weren’t enough to buoy the pitching-challenged Rockies.
Thirty members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, two from each NL city, cast MVP votes. And the one third- and one fourth- place vote Arenado received came from members of the Colorado chapter. He was named on 27 of 30 ballots. Ballots are submitted before the start of the postseason. The system awards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third on down to one for 10th.
Arenado finished third in the 2018 MVP voting, fourth in 2017 and fifth in 2016. He was also eighth in 2015, the first time he received any MVP votes.
His three top-five finishes are the most in the 27-year history of the Rockies’ franchise. Shorstop Troy Tulowitkzi is the only other Rockies player with two top-five MVP finishes, twice finishing fifth.
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