Friday, November 9, 2018

J.D. Martinez Makes MLB History As First To Win Silver Slugger At Two Spots

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Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez became the first player in MLB history to win the Silver Slugger Award at two different positions in one year—DH and OF. This incredible feat makes his snub in the Top Three MVP balloting all the more ridiculous. J.D. made 57 appearances in the Red Sox outfield in 2018, and was their designated hitter in 93 contests. Mookie Betts joined his teammate in nabbing an outfield Silver Slugger this year—along with fellow-outfielder Mike Trout of the Angels. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League. It is determined by the coaches and managers of MLB, and takes into consideration multiple offensive categories—including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. In 2018, the 31-year-old Martinez hit .330 with 43 HRs and 130 RBIs (tops in MLB). He also collected an MLB-leading 358 total bases. Congratulations, J.D. on making history!