BOSTON — J.D. Martinez had such a powerful offensive season that he pulled off an unprecedented feat on Thursday, changing into the primary participant to win American League Silver Slugger Awards at two positions in the identical season.

The appropriate-handed-hitting masher, who helped the Pink Sox win the World Sequence, acquired Silver Slugger Awards at designated hitter and outfielder.

BOSTON — J.D. Martinez had such a powerful offensive season that he pulled off an unprecedented feat on Thursday, changing into the primary participant to win American League Silver Slugger Awards at two positions in the identical season.

The appropriate-handed-hitting masher, who helped the Pink Sox win the World Sequence, acquired Silver Slugger Awards at designated hitter and outfielder.

The announcement got here simply three days after many have been surprised when Martinez was not chosen as one of many prime three finalists for the AL Most Worthwhile Participant Award, which will probably be introduced subsequent Thursday.

• Record of Silver Slugger Award winners

Annually, Louisville Slugger acknowledges the very best offensive participant at every place (together with three outfielders) in each leagues with Silver Slugger Awards. The winner is decided by managers and coaches all through MLB, and voters aren’t eligible to pick out gamers on their very own crew.

Within the earlier 38 seasons through which the Silver Slugger Award has existed, no participant had ever been victorious at two positions.

Video: BAL@BOS: Martinez belts his 42nd homer of the season

How did Martinez do it?

For starters, Martinez was a drive all season, slashing .330/.402/.629 with 37 doubles and 43 homers, whereas posting Main League highs with 130 RBIs and 358 complete bases.

And Martinez’s enjoying time was break up simply sufficient between DH and the outfield for him to rack up sufficient votes at each positions.

Martinez began 93 video games at DH and had 350 at-bats. He had 57 begins within the outfield (32 in left and 25 in proper) whereas accumulating 219 at-bats.

Successful at each positions was made doable by the best way Martinez appeared to rake each time he obtained to play protection. In these 57 outfield begins, Martinez slashed .384/.450/.680 with 16 homers and 51 RBIs. As a DH, his line was .297/.373/.597 with 27 homers and 79 RBIs.

Video: Should C Traditional: J.D. Martinez golf equipment his 40th homer

It’s uncommon for a participant to even get votes at a number of positions. It occurred in 2017 for Nelson Cruz (OF and DH) when he received at DH. Edwin Encarnacion acquired votes in ’15, ’16 and ’17 at first base and DH, however he did not win at both place in these three years.

Martinez wasn’t the one Silver Slugger Award winner for the World Sequence-champion Pink Sox. Famous person outfielder Mookie Betts received the award for the second time in his profession. Betts is among the finalists for the AL MVP Award.

The 26-year-old Betts was a drive in each facet of the sport, successful the batting title with a .346 common whereas belting 32 homers and stealing 30 bases.

Ian Browne has coated the Pink Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Observe him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Fb.



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