Athletics

Athletics

It turns out playing the position is important for winning a positional award.

A's slugger Khris Davis won the Edgar Martinez Outstanding DH Award Tuesday as the AL's best designated hitter.

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Davis beat out Boston Red Sox DH/outfielder J.D. Martinez for the honors. Earlier this month, though, Martinez edged Davis in winning the AL Silver Slugger as a DH and as an outfielder. 

Martinez had a superior statistical season to Davis overall, save for home runs. But Davis beat Martinez where it mattered. 

He was a better designated hitter. 

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Before your Inner Mike Francesa pipes up and calls Davis a compiler, remember this is an award for designated hitters. Martinez had a historic 2018, and surely would have won the award had he played the position more.

 

But he didn't, and Davis took home some hardware after a career year of his own.