SAN DIEGO -- D-backs outfielder J.D. Martinez on Monday was named National League Player of the Week, becoming the first player to win the honor four times in the same season since the award was started in 1974."It's definitely an honor, definitely cool," Martinez said. "But it's something right now
SAN DIEGO -- D-backs outfielder J.D. Martinez on Monday was named National League Player of the Week, becoming the first player to win the honor four times in the same season since the award was started in 1974.
"It's definitely an honor, definitely cool," Martinez said. "But it's something right now that I'm not really thinking about. I'm kind of just worried about this series and our playoff run right now. They're definitely humbling, awesome accolades to achieve, but right now our goal is the playoffs. That's what I want. I want you to be interviewing me about how it feels to win a World Series."
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If the D-backs do make it that far, the acquisition of Martinez before the non-waiver Trade Deadline will be a big reason why.
In winning the award for the second straight week, Martinez hit .435 with three homers and six RBIs and eight runs scored in six games.
As seamlessly as he's fit in on the field -- Martinez has hit 24 of his 40 homers this year since joining Arizona -- D-backs manager Torey Lovullo has been impressed even more by how he has meshed with his teammates in the clubhouse.
Following Sunday's loss to the Giants, Martinez turned the music up in the clubhouse as a way of reminding his teammates that they still won two of three in San Francisco and things were not dire.
"I remember Torii [Hunter] did that when we were in Detroit," Martinez said. "I remember him, he was like, 'Dude, who cares? We lost today. It doesn't matter.' We're in the run right now. This is not a time to hang to our heads because we lost a game. We won the series. Everyone wants to put their head down because we lost a game. Forget that. We lost a game. So what? We're going to lose a game. We're not perfect. It's going to happen. We have to continue the positive high. You have to continue the positivity in the clubhouse and continue to keep going."
Martinez and Carlos Beltran are the only players in MLB history to win the award in both leagues in the same season. Beltran did it in 2004, when he played for both the Royals and Astros. Martinez was acquired by Arizona in a trade with the Tigers on July 18.
Martinez is the first player to win consecutive Player of the Week Awards since the Yankees' Gary Sanchez last September, and the first NL player to do it since the Nationals' Bryce Harper in May 2015.
Martinez has been a Player of the Week six times during his seven-year big league career.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.