On a roster filled last season with underperformers, slugger Paul Goldschmidt’s offensive dropoff barely registered. He still was one of the Diamondbacks’ more productive players, still rated among the better hitters in baseball.
But Goldschmidt did not see it that way last year. And he does not see it that way now. He believes he wasn’t good enough.
“It’s on me,” Goldschmidt said. “I didn’t go out there and perform how I believe I’m capable of. There’s not really any excuses behind it. I can’t try harder; I gave it my effort. It just wasn’t as good as I’d like to. Hopefully, this year will be better.”
More than anything, it was Goldschmidt’s power production that decreased last year, but there was a positive development on Friday, when he launched his first home run of the Cactus League, a two-run shot to the opposite field off Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy.