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Silver Slugger Awards 2018: JD Martinez becomes 1st player to win at two different positon


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 1 week ago '06        #1
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Silver Slugger Awards 2018: JD Martinez becomes 1st player to win at two different positon
 

 
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JD Martinez has made history.

The 31-year-old Red Sox star became the first player ever to win a Silver Slugger at two different positions in the same year Thursday. Martinez took home the award as the American League designated hitter and as an outfielder.

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.

Here's the complete list of the 2018 Silver Slugger Award winners:

American League
Catcher: Salvador Perez, Royals (second career)
First base: Jose Abreu, White Sox (second career)
Second base: Jose Altuve, Astros (fifth career)
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor, Indians (second career)
Third base: Jose Ramírez, Indians (second career)
Outfield: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (second career)
Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels (sixth career)
Outfield and DH: J.D. Martinez (second and third career)
National League
Catcher: J.T. Realmuto, Marlins (first career)
First base: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks (fourth career)
Second base: Javier Baez, Cubs (first career)
Shortstop: Trevor Story, Rockies (first career)
Third base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (fourth career)
Outfield: Christian Yelich, Brewers (second career)
Outfield: David Peralta, Diamondbacks (first career)
Outfield: Nick Markakis, Braves (first career)
Pitcher: German Marquez, Rockies (first career)
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10 comments for "Silver Slugger Awards 2018: JD Martinez becomes 1st player to win at two different positon"

 1 week ago '15        #2
OMarksDaSpot 
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Wtf, that ain't fair, they couldn't find anyone to nominate for the DH award?!
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 1 week ago '17        #3
TaxStoneCooked 62 heat pts62
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I cant believe the Astros gave up on him so soon.

Then the Tigers wouldn't pay him.

Then he wins a WS and does this.

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 1 week ago '08        #4
AC_89 311 heat pts311
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That’s impressive I guess

 1 week ago '07        #5
Ham Rove 3531 heat pts3531
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Javy

 1 week ago '05        #6
jsilerio 100 heat pts100
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 OMarksDaSpot said
Wtf, that ain't fair, they couldn't find anyone to nominate for the DH award?!
They don't nominate...
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 1 week ago '13        #7
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Winning at both positions was made possible by the way Martinez seemed to rake whenever he got to play defense. In those 57 outfield starts, 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.

It is rare for a player to even get votes at multiple positions. It happened in 2017 for Nelson Cruz (OF and DH) when he won at DH. Edwin Encarnacion received votes in '15, '16 and '17 at first base and DH, but he didn't win at either position in those three years.

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I wasn't really cool with this until reading further, but by the numbers he legitimately looks worthy at both positions. The thing with DH is that there's a bit of double dipping going on. It's not like somebody could take JD's spot at DH with their glove, and he's essentially only in the outfield when he can't DH.

With that being said, JDM was arguably the best hitter in baseball last year, in a year with multiple MVP candidates, and any awards that recognize that achievement should be fair game.

As long as they don't start handing out gold glove awards to DH I'm cool with this.

 1 week ago '13        #8
dtdroid 146 heat pts146
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 TaxStoneCooked said
I cant believe the Astros gave up on him so soon.

Then the Tigers wouldn't pay him.

Then he wins a WS and does this.

Don't forget the DBacks not paying him. Yet they gave the bag to Yasmany fu*king Tomas
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 1 week ago '04        #9
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 dtdroid said
Don't forget the DBacks not paying him. Yet they gave the bag to Yasmany fu*king Tomas
dont play , u know az cheap? show me any indication of this orginzation really being able to pay that guy? especially w all the salary they already have... like the Greinke contract ....

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dtdroid 146 heat pts146
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 Mark-Ez said
dont play , u know az cheap? show me any indication of this orginzation really being able to pay that guy? especially w all the salary they already have... like the Greinke contract ....
Deciding to pay Greinke that much was a choice they didn't have to make

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 dtdroid said
Deciding to pay Greinke that much was a choice they didn't have to make
obviously that was done before JD was ever an option... so just fall back a little son, i know you don't like being wrong... but let's move on... ok?
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