The award is voted on by major-league managers and coaches and presented by Louisville Slugger.
With Silver Sluggers in 2018 and 2016, Betts is now the seventh Red Sox player to win the award in multiple years, joining David Ortiz (7), Wade Boggs (6), Manny Ramirez (6), Xander Bogaerts (2), Dwight Evans (2), and Jim Rice (2).
Baez hit.290 with 34 homers, a National League-best 111 RBIs, 101 runs, 40 doubles, nine triples and an.881 OPS, setting career-best marks in each category.
JD Martinez has made history.
The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980, and this year it brought an unexpected twist that we've never seen before.
Boston's three Silver Sluggers are tied with the Colorado Rockies for the most in 2018. He earned his sixth All-Star appearance (fourth start) and finished third in the AL in batting average and sixth in on-base percentage. Martinez, one of the game's best hitters, had an absolutely tremendous season for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. His 43 home runs are the most ever for a player in his first season with the Red Sox, as he joined Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx as the only Red Sox ever to hit at least.330 with 40 homers and 130 RBI. Before Altuve's first Silver Slugger back in 2014, the last Astro to win the award was Lee back in 2007. 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.