Paul Goldschmidt

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 12:  Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up on deck during the first inning of the MLB game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Chase Field on August 12, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks 7-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Paul Goldschmidt activated from paternity leave list

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The Diamondbacks have activated first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the paternity leave list. He’s slated to return to the starting lineup this afternoon against the Cubs.

Goldschmidt missed two games this week to be wife his wife, Amy, for the birth of their first child. Fortunately, all went well with wife and baby.

Goldschmidt, 27, is batting .322/.437/.563 with 27 home runs, 97 RBI, and 21 stolen bases over 133 games this season. He’s likely the biggest challenger to Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the National League MVP Award.

Paul Goldschmidt excused from Diamondbacks to be present for the birth of his first child

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National League MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt was not included in the Diamondbacks’ starting lineup when it came out Wednesday evening and there was no sight of him or his street clothes in the visitors clubhouse at Denver’s Coors Field. Now, via MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, we know why …

Arizona has a scheduled team off day Thursday, so Goldschmidt is only going to miss a game or two.

The 27-year-old first baseman boasts a .322/.437/.563 slash line with 27 home runs, 97 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and 85 runs scored in 132 games this season for the Diamondbacks, who will travel to Wrigley Field next.

Paul Goldschmidt crushed the longest homer of his career

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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit the longest home run of his career Wednesday night, going 482 feet to left-center off Cardinals right-hander John Lackey.

Seriously, look where this ball ended up. It’s ridiculous.

Goldschmidt has been a great hitter since the moment he debuted in 2011, but he’s taken things to another level this season by hitting a career-high .331 with 25 homers, 96 walks, a league-leading 94 RBIs, and a career-high 1.017 OPS in 125 games.