On Monday, MLB named JD Martinez the American League Player of the week. It’s definitely well deserved, as Boston’s designated hitter is having a great 2021 season so far. 2020 was no friend to our beloved designated hitter, but it looks like JD is turning things around in 2021. The offensive power hitter is currently batting .472 with 5 homeruns and 16 RBI’s through 8 games so far this season.
Near the end of last season, many people doubted JD Martinez’s abilities as a designated hitter. He hit just .213 in 2020, with 45 hits, 27 RBI’s and 7 home runs through 54 games. Many fans thought that he was done, and couldn’t be the same hitter he was for the majority of his career. The doubt did carry over into Spring Training, as he didn’t hit his first homerun until the end of camp. Well, we’re nine games into this season, and JD is proving everyone wrong.
American League Player of the Week
Having only missed one game so far this season, JD Martinez is doing quite well so far in 2021. JD Martinez has had an extra base hit in his first eight games of the season, which ties a Major League record. Martinez is currently tied with Alex Rodriguez and Sandy Alomar Jr. That is some great company to be in. His three homeruns on Sunday’s game against the Orioles allowed him to become just the 5th MLB player to hit three or more home runs in a game for three different teams.
Martinez first did it in June 2015 vs the Yankees as a member of the Tigers. In a game in September 2017, after being traded to the Diamondbacks, he hit 4 homeruns against the Dodgers. Now, he has done it again with three home runs in Sunday’s game.
This is not the first time that JD has been named Player of the Week. He was named Player of the Week 8 other times; four as a member of the Tigers, two as a member of the Diamondbacks, and 2 other times with Boston. Now, he is at nine nominations for the honor.
Martinez is Having A Great 2021 Season
So far, JD has only missed one game for Boston. When he was put back in the lineup for Sunday’s game, JD went off on Baltimore’s pitching staff. He went 4-6 in the game, with 3 home runs. Right now, he is riding an eight game hit streak, and looks to extend that on Tuesday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins. With a stacked lineup, it’s no wonder Alex Cora has JD hitting clean up. His ability to put the ball in play so far this season is one of the reasons why Boston’s offense is rolling.
With the Red Sox starting a 10 game home stand on Friday, it will be interesting to see how Martinez does. We are a few weeks into the season, and so far, he is living up to his expectations. The rest of 2021 will be fun to watch with JD Martinez at the plate. Martinez started this season on a mission to prove people wrong, and to put 2020 behind him. I think he is doing a fine job of that.
The National League Player of the Week
If you’re a baseball fan, you know what happened Saturday night in Texas. For the first time in team history, the San Diego Padres finally got a no- hitter. They are the last team to accomplish this feat. Wait, there’s more. The pitcher who accomplished it, is Joe Musgrove, the former Houston Astro and Pittsburgh Pirate. Prior to the 2021 season, Musgrove was traded to the San Diego Padres. Now, he has pitched his first career no-hitter. This led to Musgrove winning the National League Player of the Week.
For Musgrove, that was definitely a dream come true. Many pitchers dream of pitching no hitters, but how many can say they have done so for their hometown team? After Saturday night, Joe Musgrove can. The 28 year old from El Cajon, California grew up a Padres fan, and attended games at Petco Park dreaming of playing for the Padres. His dream came true when he was traded on January 19th 2021. Musgrove is currently 2-0 on the season, with a 0.00 ERA in 15 innings. The Padres have something special on their hands.