Sox’s Mar­tinez dou­bles up on Sil­ver Slug­ger hon­ours

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Bos­ton: JD Mar­tinez pulled off an un­prece­dented feat on Thurs­day, be­com­ing the first player to cap­ture two Sil­ver Slug­ger awards in the same year. The Bos­ton Red Sox star re­ceived Amer­i­can League hon­ours at des­ig­nated hit­ter, where he played 93 games this sea­son, and in the out­field, where he played 57 games.

The hon­ours go to the top hit­ter at each po­si­tion in each league. Votes are cast by man­agers and coaches, who are pro­hib­ited from se­lect­ing play­ers on their teams.

Mar­tinez led the AL with 130 RBIs, and he ranked sec­ond in both bat­ting av­er­age (.330) and home runs (43). MLB.com noted that his of­fen­sive stats were bet­ter as an out­fielder (.384 av­er­age,.450 on-base per­cent­age,.680 slug­ging per­cent­age) than as a DH (.297/.373/.597).

He pre­vi­ously won one Sil­ver Slug­ger, as an out­fielder with the Detroit Tigers in 2015. The other AL out­field win­ners were Los An­ge­les An­gels cen­ter fielder Mike Trout, who cap­tured his sixth Sil­ver Slug­ger, and Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, who was hon­oured for the sec­ond time.

Betts, the AL Most Valu­able Player front-run­ner, led the league with a.346 av­er­age and a.640 slug­ging per­cent­age. He hit 32 homers, drove in 80 runs and stole 30 bases. A year ago, Trout saw his streak of win­ning a Sil­ver Slug­ger end. He was hon­oured in each of his first five full ma­jor league sea­sons but missed a large chunk of the 2017 sea­son be­cause of in­jury.

He re­turned to form in 2018, hit­ting.312 with an AL-best.460 on-base per­cent­age, an AL-best 1.088 on-base-plus-slug­ging per­cent­age, 39 homers, 79 RBIs and 24 steals. Na­tional League MVP front-run­ner Chris­tian Yelich re­ceived his sec­ond Sil­ver Slug­ger award.

The Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers out­fielder led the NL with a.326 av­er­age and a.598 slug­ging per­cent­age. He tied for sec­ond with 110 RBIs and tied for third with 36 homers.

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