The Boston Red Sox may have won the World Series, but not everyone on the team is getting the recognition they deserve. J.D. Martinez was not included as a finalist for the American League MVP.
His representation just so happens to be one of the most powerful and outspoken agents in baseball. As you could've guessed, Scott Boras does not understand how Martinez's stats could be overlooked.
Boras tuned off on voters by saying that WAR overvalues defense and the importance it has on the process.
Boras with an impassioned defense of why JD Martinez should have finished higher than top three in the MVP. He said no player he could recall had a bigger impact on a team on and off the field. He also feels WAR over-values defense.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) November 7, 2018
Boras seems calm following his comments
Defense is an important part of baseball, but come on. Scoring is the name of the game and no one contributed to that aspect of the game more than Martinez did.
Suggesting he shouldn't win the award is fine, but Boras has a point about him not finishing as a finalist. Martinez was second in batting average, second in home runs, and led the MLB in RBIs.
How JD Martinez was left off the A.L. MVP ballot is one of life's great mysteries! JD had better offensive numbers than both Mike Trout and Jose Ramirez. pic.twitter.com/09jMgXWsWT— Dave Eid (@DaveEidWGME) November 6, 2018
Boras is a snake sometimes, but you have to give him credit for going to bat for his clients. Maybe he can spend the offseason shagging flies with Martinez so he can play outfield every day and bring this award home next year.