Javier Baez and Jose Abreu win 2018 Silver Slugger Awards

2018 Silver Slugger awards: J.D. Martinez becomes first player to win two awards in one season

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It was Baez's first such award, and he's the second Cubs second baseman to win a Silver Slugger, joining Ryne Sandberg (1984-'85, 1988-'92).

Martinez is first player to receive two Silver Slugger Awards in one season.

JD Martinez has made history. This is the fourth time the club has featured three winners in a single season, having also done so in 2005, 2011 and 2016.

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.

The 31-year-old Red Sox star became the first player ever to win a Silver Slugger at two different positions in the same year Thursday. At least he is cleaning up elsewhere, winning the Hank Aaron Award last month as the AL's best offensive performer. He also started the All-Star Game at Nationals Park, batting cleanup as the AL's designated hitter. As an outfielder, he hit.384 with 16 home runs, 51 RBI, and a 1.130 OPS.

Overall, Martinez led all of baseball with 130 RBIs and 358 total bases during the 2018 season, slashing.330/.402/.629 with 43 dingers and 37 doubles. The 34-year-old outfielder was a first-time All-Star for the Atlanta Braves in 2018, and now he's a first-time Silver Slugger victor, as well.

Abreu joins Carlton Fisk (1981,1985, 1988), Frank Thomas (1991, 1993-'94, 2000), Magglio Ordoñez (2000, 2002) and Alexei Ramírez (2010, 2014) as the White Sox players to win multiple Silver Slugger awards in franchise history.

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