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J.D. Martinez, Chris Sale shut out of finalist spots for MVP, Cy Young Award

John Tomase
November 06, 2018 - 10:20 am

J.D. Martinez and Chris Sale played pivotal roles in the Red Sox winning a franchise-record 108 games and the World Series, but neither will be up for year-end awards.

Martinez was not named a finalist for MVP, while Sale didn't make the final three in the Cy Young race.

Because Sale basically didn't pitch for real over the final two months, his snub is no surprise. The Cy Young finalists were Tampa's Blake Snell, Cleveland's Corey Kluber, and Detroit's Justin Verlander.

Martinez, who flirted with a Triple Crown and was recently named the American League Hank Aaron Award winner for best hitter in his league, was bypassed in favor of teammate Mookie Betts (the runaway favorite), Anaheim's Mike Trout, and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez.

Also, Red Sox manager Alex Cora was named a finalist for Manager of the Year, along with Tampa's Kevin Cash and Oakland's Bob Melvin. One award a day in each league will be announced next week, starting on Monday with Rookies of the Year, followed by Manager, Cy Young, and MVP.