J.D. Martinez becomes first player to win two Silver Sluggers in one season

Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez made history in the 2018 Silver Slugger award. (Charles Krupa/AP)

J.D. Martinez is the first player to ever win the Silver Slugger twice in the same season, taking home the honour as both an outfielder and designated hitter.

The award is given to the players who have had the most offensive impact in their positions and leagues. Major League Baseball announced the winners Thursday night.

Martinez, now the recipient of three Silver Sluggers for his career, started 57 times in the outfield and 93 times as DH, hitting .330/.402/.629 with 43 home runs this season.

He shares the award with teammate Mookie Betts, who picked up the second Silver Slugger of his career.

After winning Gold Glove and Defensive Player of the Year honours at right field, the Silver Slugger is the latest award Betts can add to his AL MVP-aspiring campaign.

Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu topped Toronto Blue Jays’ Justin Smoak at first base.

Here is the list of winners for the 2018 Silver Slugger Award.

American League

C: Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
1B: Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox
2B: Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
SS: Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
3B: Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians
OF: Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
OF: Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
OF: J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox
DH: J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox

National League

C: J.T. Realmuto – Miami Marlins
1B: Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
2B: Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
SS: Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies
3B: Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
OF: Christian Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers
OF: David Peralta – Arizona Diamondbacks
OF: Nick Markakis – Atlanta Braves
P: German Marquez – Colorado Rockies

The MLB awards season continues on Nov. 12 when the league will announce the NL and AL Rookie of the Year winners. The Cy Young winners will be revealed on Nov. 14, followed by the MVP awards on Nov. 15.

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