J.D. Martinez

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J.D. Martinez tries not to get distracted by new rivalry with Giancarlo Stanton

Nick Friar
March 06, 2018 - 3:47 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. – With the Red Sox and Yankees making big offseason moves, it's only natural that J.D. Martinez and Giancarlo Stanton will be compared and contrasted until they step away from the rivalry.

Agent Scott Boras calls Martinez, "the King Kong of slugging," and suggests he has separated himself not only from two-time American League MVP Mike Trout, but from Stanton -- last year' NL MVP -- as well.

Either way, the two are now the centerpieces of their respective lineups and each has been paired with a budding young star – the dynamic Mookie Betts with Martinez and the monstrous Aaron Judge with Stanton.

But Martinez doesn't seem to think much of the one-on-one rivalry.

"No I don't worry about that stuff," Martinez told WEEI.com. "He's going to get his, I'm going to get mine. It's not a competition."

The two were beasts last season. Stanton blasted 59 homers and took home his first MVP. Martinez added 45 homers of his own and led the big leagues in slugging percentage (.690).

While their presence adds more excitement to the rivalry, Martinez recognizes it's more for the viewers than the participants. He's more concerned with focusing on the task at hand than off-the-field distractions.

"It's cool to talk about it for the fans, but from a player's side, it's – all you can control is your one at-bat, your one day, who you're facing that day," Martinez said. "You can't worry about what other guys are doing, what other teams are doing. It doesn't matter. You can't control that. You just have to control your day for what it is."