This is something that we've tried to do all season, sometimes in summarized version, but it's worth going through again. He has had his fingerprints on everything around the Cardinals, even if his numbers aren't the MVP-candidate heights that he had with Arizona. Some examples:
-- He's considered a steadying presence in the clubhouse and has been a sounding board for hitters and pitchers alike when it comes to talking baseball. That's his leadership wheelhouse, facilitating and inviting conversation.
-- He's brought up suggestions that Cardinals now use in their baserunning.
-- He's brought stability to the weakest part of the Cardinals defense a year ago, and as a result has been essential to the defensive turnaround.
-- He's brought a reputation to the middle of the order that you still see teams respect. He's struggled at times, and he's hit with two strikes often, and he's not had the number of times with runners on base that he should have this season, but opponents still take note of Paul Goldschmit coming to the plate and that alters how they look at the lineup.
-- He's quietly been active off the field and in the community, and he's worked with the Cardinals and some of his teammates to expand his presence with charities in STL.