Saturday, November 10, 2018

Red Sox Award History: 2018 Silver Slugger

I almost forgot this one too.  Three awards were handed out to Red Sox players.  I will get right to it.

This was a no-brainer.  Betts led the league in runs (129), batting average (.346) and slugging percentage (.640).  He also became Boston's second ever 30/30 man by hitting 32 home runs and stealing 30 bases.  And finally, he knocked 180 hits and drove in 80 runs.  It was a terrific offensive season.

I am a little surprised that Martinez won the Silver Slugger for outfield since he only played 57 games there.  Whatever.  Martinez was contending for a possible Triple Crown throughout the season.  He ended up leading the league in just two categories: RBIs (130) and total bases (358).  He finished second in average (.330) and home runs (43).    

No, that is not a typo.  J.D. Martinez really did win two Silver Slugger Awards.  I am not surprised by the DH award.  This is the first time in history one player won two Silver Slugger Awards in the same season.

1 comment:

  1. Nothing against JD Martinez and his great season, but giving him two Silver Sluggers is stupid. Did he really accomplish more in those 57 games than, say, Khris Davis did in the whole season? The rule should be that you're only eligible at one position.