Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Javier Baez, Jose Abreu Win Silver Slugger Awards

Javier Baez, Jose Abreu Win Silver Slugger Awards

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

Martinez started 93 games at designated hitter and 57 in the outfield.

On Thursday, it was announced that Martinez won the American League Silver Slugger Awards at both DH and the outfield.

Betts, Martinez and the Red Sox claimed baseball's ultimate prize by winning the 2018 World Series, but adding a little extra hardware never hurts. While we won't know the major individual award - MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Rookie of the Year - winners until next week, Major League Baseball has set the table this week with a couple tasty appetizers. As an outfielder, he hit.384 with 16 home runs, 51 RBI, and a 1.130 OPS.

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In his first season in Boston, J.D. Martinez mashed no matter where he played for the Red Sox.

Among AL second baseman, Altuve ranked first in batting average, OBP and slugging, while ranking second in hits and runs scored (84) and third in stolen bases.

The Cubs' second baseman and the White Sox first baseman were each named recipients of the Silver Slugger Award - given out by Louisville Slugger to the best hitter at a position in the American and National leagues. This is the fourth time the Red Sox have featured three Silver Slugger winners in a single season, having also done so in 2005, 2011, and 2016. Betts and Evans are the only players ever to win multiple Silver Slugger Awards and multiple Gold Glove Awards in a Red Sox career.

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