Oct 27, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez (28) reacts after striking out in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA T

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Khris Davis beats J.D. Martinez for Most Outstanding Designated Hitter of Year

Erin Walsh
November 20, 2018 - 4:13 pm

J.D. Martinez had an outstanding year for the Red Sox and awards are nice to have, but Martinez won’t be walking away with one particular award this year.

It was announced Tuesday that Khris Davis of the Oakland Athletics has won the 2018 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter of the Year Award. The 30-year-old beat out Martinez with a batting average of .247, 93 runs scored, 132 hits, 25 doubles, 46 home runs and 118 RBI in 139 games as a DH for the A’s.

The A’s slugger finished first in runs scored, hits, total bases, doubles, home runs and RBI, while finishing third in slugging percentage.

Martinez finished second because he was only the designated hitter for 93 games, posting a .297 batting average, with 68 runs scored, 22 doubles, 27 home runs, 79 RBI, and 44 walks.

It’s a shock to many that Martinez did not win this award given his stellar season with the Red Sox, but when comparing the stats between Martinez and Davis, Davis had a commanding lead in all categories due to the fact he was really only used as a DH.

Overall, Martinez hit .330, while hitting 43 home runs and recording 130 RBI on the way to winning the World Series.