Dominican Pride: Marcell Ozuna Wins MLB’s Edgar Martinez Award | The State

Dominican pride: Marcell Ozuna wins MLB Edgar Martinez award

Marcell Ozuna was recognized as the best designated hitter in the Major Leagues.

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Another recognition came for Marcell Ozuna, who had one of the best offensive seasons of the campaign that was necessarily cut by the coronavirus pandemic, in such a way that won the Edgar Martínez 2020 award, an award that recognizes best designated hitter in MLB.

The Dominican slugger played 39 of the 60 games this season as a designated hitter for Atlanta Braves and finished as the National League leader in connected home runs, with 8, and in RBIs, with 56.

He hit .338 with a .431 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .636 slugging percentage (SLG), good for a 1.067 OPS.

Previously, the “Bear” Ozuna had already been recognized with the Silver bat, was selected in the MLB All-Star first team and placed sixth in the voting for the Most Valuable Player of the “old circuit” award.

In winning the Edgar Martinez Award, the now free agent was joined by fellow countrymen David Ortiz (8-time winner), the Cooperstown Hall of Fame, Vladimir Guerrero and the also free agent Nelson Cruz, as the only Dominicans to have won the prestigious award in its 47-year history.

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