FORT MYERS, Fla – With the old numbers, the J.D. Martinez deserves a legitimate consideration for the MVP award last year. But he knew that no two letters gave him no chance: D and H.
Just because he played part-time in the outfield, Martinez did not expect to receive serious consideration for MVP, especially when winning Mookie Betts, led the game from an offensive, defensive, and scary view of the same lineup.
But finally, Martinez's monster. The season 330-43-130 got her fourth voting place, including All-Star Silver, a Silver Slugger, and the Hank Aaron Award for the best hitter in the American League.
"I'm kind of laughed about it because everyone has made a big deal about it, like, you have a chance to win and things like this," Martinez said on Sunday after came to the Red Sox camp. "And I'd like, guys, there's no way analytics guys will let that happen. For a DH to win an MVP, they have to walk in the water. It will not happen."
Red Sox knows it as well as anyone. Slugger David Ortiz finished with the top five voting for five straight years, and finished sixth in his last season at the age of 40, but he did not win the award. He finished second in 2005 despite pressing the .300 of 47 homers and 148 RBIs in the league, and he finished third for one year despite posting. 287-54-137 number.
Martinez realized that his only chance was that he could make some histories, and even then he probably still faces an uphill climb.
"It has been a talk to the clubhouse last year and everyone is like, the only way you can win is if you win the Triple Crown or anything," Martinez says. "I'd like, 100 percent of the time, when it comes out, I expect it, I'm laughing about it, I know how my friends are thinking and know how my friends are thinking of me with text messages I received and the greetings I got and last year I won the MVP Player's Choice of time and that was too big to vote with my colleagues. "
A full-time failed returning to the outfield, will be like Martinez MVP barriers at this time. That's just how it's for DHs. The Red Sox will surely have another top-five finish, though.