In what could be a busy award season for him, Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez was named the American League's Hank Aaron Award winner in a ceremony before Game 3 of the World Series, Friday at Dodger Stadium.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was the National League winner.
Martinez led the American League in RBIs (130) and total bases 358 and was second in home runs (43), batting average (.330) and slugging (.629) and was third in OPS (1.031).
"Obviously it's a huge award. And I feel very honored to receive it from where I was five years ago to today. It's really a blessing," Martinez said. "A lot of people helped me along the way. Just to get here today and sit in front of Hank, who growing up Paul Casanova was my mentor, and he was a guy who really took me under his wing and made me fall in love with baseball. A lot of those stories that he told me were about Hank. So it's pretty cool to be on stage with him today."
Martinez could only stay at the ceremony briefly with a game to play. He said that an award named after Aaron was special because like Aaron, he prides himself on hitting for power and average.
"Huge. If you look at the numbers, best right-handed hitter in baseball, in our sport, in our career," Martinez said. "And to just be on the podium and be next to him and receiving his award is an honor and it's huge."
Source: MassAppeal | Matt Vautour | October 26, 2018