Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

JD Martinez makes Major League Baseball history with Silver Slugger awards

JD Martinez makes Major League Baseball history with Silver Slugger awards

Mookie Betts, who recently took home a Gold Glove Award and was named a finalist for the American League MVP Award, put together arguably the best season of his career, boasting a league-leading.346 batting average to go along with 32 home runs and a career-high 129 runs scored.

Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez became the first player to win two Silver Slugger awards in the same season.

The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980, and this year it brought an unexpected twist that we've never seen before.

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Betts earned the honor as an outfielder, while Martinez was recognized as both an outfielder and as a designated hitter, becoming the first player in the award's 39-year history to earn two Silver Slugger Awards in a single season. Named the 2018 Hank Aaron Award victor for the AL as the league's top offensive performer, Martinez was the only player in the junior circuit to hit at least.300 with 100 RBI and 100 runs scored. It was Baez's first such award, and he's the second Cubs second baseman to win a Silver Slugger, joining Ryne Sandberg (1984-'85, 1988-'92).

Martinez made 57 appearances in the outfield for Boston this season and he served as the designated hitter in 93 games.

Meanwhile, six players received their first Silver Slugger while the Indians, Red Sox, Rockies and Diamondbacks all had multiple winners. It's also worth noting that the Silver Slugger does not differentiate between outfield positions.

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