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J.D. Martinez is MLBPA 2018 year-round player



J.D. Martinez was elected player of the year 2018 by his peers. Martinez was named winner of the Players Choice Awards Wednesday, as announced by the MLB Players Association.

Martinez finishes ahead of his Red Sox teammate and winner of the American League MVP Award Mookie Betts, as well as winner of the MVP prize of the National League Christian Yelich.

J.D. Martinez was elected player of the year 2018 by his peers. Martinez was named winner of the Players Choice Awards Wednesday, as announced by the MLB Players Association.

Martinez finishes ahead of his Red Sox teammate and winner of the American League MVP Award Mookie Betts, as well as winner of the MVP prize of the National League Christian Yelich.

"I am very honored and blessed to receive this award because it comes from the players," said Martinez in a statement to the Players Association. "To be considered the best by the men I respect most is an important achievement of my career."

The hit of Martinez's superstar allowed the Red Sox to win the World Series championship in its first season in Boston after signing as a free agent. The 31-year-old ran three times against Triple Crown and finished the season with a batting average of 3,330, 43 homers and 130 RBIs – placing second in the A league in the first two thirds.

In the playoffs, Martinez hit .300 / .403 / .520 with three home runs and 14 RBIs. He has dominated all three of Boston's playoff series, including the fifth game of the Fall Classic against the Dodgers.

Video: WS2018 Gm5: Martinez HR mammoth belts in the middle of the field

"My parents have learned that in life you take out what you put on," Martinez said in his release, also recognizing some of his former influential teammates with the Tigers and D-backs. "My teammate Torii Hunter has learned to lead and encourage the locker room. Paul Goldschmidt, which gave me the assurance of being one of the best players in the game, recognized that what I had to say is valuable to my teammates and essential for victory.

"My preparation and my routine are the foundation of my success."

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com, based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.


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