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Arizona Sports' 2013 Year in Review: Athlete of the Year

Note: This is part of a series of posts you'll see over the next week or so on We had a panel of 16 voters, including all of our on-air personalities, cast votes in several categories like Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Best Moment of the Year and many others.

There were plenty of Arizona athletes who shined brightly in 2013.

In the college ranks, ASU basketball's Jahii Carson lived up to the hype, leading the Sun Devils to a 22-win season while being named the Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year.

On the gridiron in Tempe, defensive tackle Will Sutton won the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season while helping the Devils to a 10-4 season.

Down in Tucson, Ka'Deem Carey picked up where he left off in 2012, running wild for 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns despite missing a game and a half for Rich Rodriguez's Wildcats.

Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby returned to his original franchise and found the fountain of youth. Dansby registered 122 tackles and returned two interceptions for touchdowns for a dominant Arizona defense in a 10-win season.

Former ASU golfer Phil Mickelson not only won the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but was victorious in two other events, including the British Open, where he fired a final-round 66 to win the Claret Jug for the first time in his career.

I could recite the 2013 accomplishments of many other outstanding Arizona athletes, but there was clearly one who was more outstanding than all the others.

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was simply a one-man wrecking crew in 2013.

The 26-year-old All-Star led the National League with 36 home runs (tied with Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez) and 125 RBI while ranking 11th in batting average with a .302 mark.

He also won a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger Award and also claimed the National League Hank Aaron Award, which is presented annually to each league's most outstanding offensive player.

Many thought despite the D-backs' mediocre 81-81 finish in 2013, Goldschmidt had done enough to win the National League MVP. Goldy would actually finish as the runner-up to Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen, but his second-place finish was the highest in Arizona franchise history.

Did we mention he's only 26?

Well, Goldschmidt's 2013 campaign wasn't enough to sway the national voters, but we here at Arizona Sports were impressed enough to make him a unanimous selection in our Athlete of the Year category.

Here's how our panel voted:

Tyler Bassett: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Dan Bickley: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Jon Bloom: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Dave Burns: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Paul Calvisi: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Jarrett Carlen: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Dave Dulberg: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Doug Franz: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

John Gambadoro: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Bryan Gibberman: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Adam Green: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Craig Grialou: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Vince Marotta: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Carter Nacke: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Jules Tompkins: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Ron Wolfley: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Other Arizona Sports Year in Review Categories: Newcomer of the Year | Game of the Year | Biggest Story of the Year | Executive of the Year | Top Moment of the Year | Coach of the Year

About the Author

School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: October 2011

Favorite sports memory: Watching Cardinals win NFC Championship over Philly in January 2009 with my Dad...ASU wins 1987 Rose Bowl...Suns defeat Lakers in 1990 NBA Playoffs...2001 World Series

Favorite all-time athletes: Don Mattingly, Jeff Hornacek, Walter Davis, Anquan Boldin

Favorite sports movies: Friday Night Lights, The Natural, Hoosiers


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