Now he has two new trophies to add to his collection, and some Major League Baseball history to put on his resume. The second baseman earned it by hitting.290 with 34 homers and 111 RBI, which led the National League in the 2018 season.
Martinez, 31, became the first player in Major League Baseball history to win two Silver Slugger awards in the same season, taking the crown for both the outfield and designated hitter positions. He played 92 games at DH, 32 in left field, and 25 in right. The veteran slugger clubbed 43 home runs - a new franchise record for player's first year in Boston - while posting a.330 average and a league-leading 130 RBIs. The guy was an absolute monster in the heart of the order for a team that won 108 games in the regular season and then coasted to a Wold Series crown. 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. Betts and Evans are the only players ever to win multiple Silver Slugger Awards and multiple Gold Glove Awards in a Red Sox career. Mookie Betts also took home the hardware as an outfielder, winning for the second time of his career. Though everyone knew he had a season for the ages, Thursday's Silver Slugger Award announcements all but confirmed it.
Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez became the first player to win two Silver Slugger awards in the same season.