Javier Baez and Jose Abreu win 2018 Silver Slugger Awards

Javier Baez and Jose Abreu win 2018 Silver Slugger Awards”

Going forward, the age-28 second baseman remains a favorite for the award in subsequent seasons if he remains relatively healthy.

The Silver Slugger Award honorees are selected in a vote by Major League coaches and managers.

Mookie Betts, who recently took home a Gold Glove Award and was named a finalist for the American League MVP Award, put together arguably the best season of his career, boasting a league-leading.346 batting average to go along with 32 home runs and a career-high 129 runs scored.

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. Altuve joins Craig Biggio as the only players in franchise history to win five Silver Slugger Awards.

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu won his second American League Silver Slugger Award on Thursday, given to the best hitters at each position in each league.

Martinez started 93 games at designated hitter and 57 in the outfield. With several more seasons of team control, it seems more and more every day like the Red Sox truly have a bargain on their hands with J.D. Martinez. The second baseman earned it by hitting.290 with 34 homers and 111 RBI, which led the National League in the 2018 season. 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.

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