The Arizona Diamondbacks have a winner in J.D. Martinez and he’s won yet another title.
It was obvious, but now it’s official. J.D. Martinez has been named the National League Player of the Month for September and the Arizona Diamondbacks keep winning that trade deadline.
Martinez’s September accomplishments include a .396 batting average, 16 home runs, 36 RBI’s and a 1.382 OPS.
The 16 home runs tied Ralph Kiner’s record from 1949 for most home runs hit in the month of September by any National League player. He fell two shy of the American League and Major League record.
His 36 RBI’s contributed to the 72 he earned since the All-Star break, which is two less than Giancarlo Stanton.
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Martinez also pulled 45 total home runs during his monster 2017 campaign. It’s the third highest total across the league, coming in behind only Stanton (59) and rookie-phenom Aaron Judge (52). Twenty-nine of those homers came in an Arizona Diamondbacks uniform.
The Player of the Month Award comes after Martinez earned four Player of the Week awards earlier this season. He became the first player to win four in the same season and he did it across both leagues after being traded to Arizona from the Detroit Tigers.
Adding to the list of accolades he has received this season, Martinez also became the fifth player to hit more than 40 home runs with multiple teams in a single season. Keep in mind that he missed over a months worth of games at the beginning of the season with a foot injury from Spring Training.
In fact, his 45 home runs is the most a player has hit in their first 112 games since Barry Bonds. He totaled 119 games this season.
Imagine having 162 games of “Just Dingers”, which teams will be lining up to pay for as he enters free agency at the end of the season.
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