Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

MLB Announces Silver Slugger Winners for National League

2018 Silver Slugger awards: J.D. Martinez becomes first player to win two awards in one season Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez Win Silver Slugger Awards After Stellar Seasons
Cassandra Castillo | 11 November, 2018, 03:33

Virtually every baseball fan under the sun knew full well that J.D. On Sunday, we learned the Rawlings Gold Glove award winners at each position. This is a first in the history of the Silver Slugger Award - which has honored the best hitter at each position in both leagues since 1980. He along with Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, George Springer, Moises Alou, Carlos Lee, Morgan Ensberg, Mike Hampton, Glenn Davis, Jose Cruz, and Dickie Thon as the only players in club history to win a Silver Slugger. (Note that the outfield is not broken down by left, center, and right designations.) Louisville Slugger is, naturally, the sponsor to the award.

As insane as it sounds, Martinez, who played 57 games in the outfield and 93 games at the DH position, was actually the recipient of the same award in two separate positions.

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All of these have helped Baez's nomination as one of three finalists for the NL MVP Award with Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Christian Yelitch of the Brewers. The outfielder spots for Nick Markakis and David Peralta are debatable, though, but nice to reward Markakis after a career year. The 34-year-old outfielder was a first-time All-Star for the Atlanta Braves in 2018, and now he's a first-time Silver Slugger victor, as well. That's quite a story.

The Boston Red Sox featured one of the most potent lineups in all of baseball this past season, and two of their stars were recognized Thursday for their efforts at the plate in 2018.

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