Boston, MA - The Boston Red Sox were a wrecking crew in 2018. In hindsight, they seem like they were completely unstoppable throughout the majority of the season. And now that it has come to an end, the MLB has heaped awards upon awards on the team.
During the season, the Red Sox were no strangers to receiving hardware. For example, J.D. Martinez was named the American League Player of the Month for the month of August. Additionally, Chris Sale was the American League Pitcher of the Month for June and July. Martinez, Sale, and Mookie Betts were also named All-Star starters for the AL. Mitch Moreland and Craig Kimbrel were also named to the team as reserves, with Andrew Benintendi just missing the cut in the Final Vote.
Alex Cora just missed the cut in the awards that are announced at the end of the season. He finished in second for the trophy for Manager of the Year. Sale and Martinez also missed out on being finalists for the MVP and Cy Young awards, respectively. Betts helped picked up the slack, though, because he was named the 2018 American League MVP. Mookie Betts became the first Red Sox to achieve this honor since Dustin Pedroia accomplished it ten years ago.
Betts was also named a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award winner. Martinez also won the Silver Slugger trophy, but he won it twice (for the positions of outfielder and designated hitter), becoming the first player to ever do so. Ian Kinsler and Jackie Bradley, Jr. were Boston's other Gold Glovers.
The less famous awards also presented Martinez with the Hank Aaron trophy for the league's best hitter and Betts with the Fielding Bible Award for right field defense and the Sporting News Player of the Year award. Lastly, David Price was named the 2018 AL Comeback Player of the Year.
Of course, the Boston Red Sox won some of the most important trophies of all. They won the American League pennant with Bradley, Jr. as the ALCS MVP. More than this, the Red Sox are now the reigning World Series champions after 2018, with Steve Pearce as the reigning World Series MVP.
Overall, I would say this season was a win for Boston!