Skip to main content
Larry Brown Sports Tagline. Brown Bag it, Baby.
#pounditFriday, September 30, 2022

Articles tagged: JD Martinez

JD Martinez sounds off about Red Sox’s poor play

JD Martinez

The Boston Red Sox are playing some of their worst baseball in franchise history at the moment, and all of the losing is taking a toll on slugger JD Martinez.

Martinez was candid with his thoughts on the brutal stretch following Saturday’s 11-5 loss to the New York Yankees, which was Boston’s sixth straight.

“It sucks,” he said, via Christopher Smith of “It’s definitely not fun. It’s not fun going out there and getting your head beat in every day.”

The Red Sox have been outscored 63-30 during the six-game losing streak. They’re just 6-15 since the season began on July 24, and they rank dead last in all of baseball with a 6.10 team ERA.

Martinez is hitting just .234 on the season, but Boston still ranks eighth in the American League in runs scored. He said he “(feels) our offense has been putting up runs” and indicated pitching has been the team’s main issue.

“It’s hard to hit when your offense is always on the field just tired,” Martinez said. “Whenever you’re out there for 45 minutes, 30-45 minutes before you’ve gotta get in there and hit, it’s not easy. It’s tough. It’s one of those things where I think we’ve got to kind of refocus and go out there and do the best we can do really. Keep putting competitive at-bats (together).”

Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers, two of Boston’s most promising young players, are both hitting below .200. The pitching has been horrendous, but it’s not the entire problem. While Martinez is right that poor pitching can impact the flow of a game, Red Sox hitters need to take accountability as well.

As for Saturday’s loss, the recent numbers from the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry show just how much the Bronx Bombers have dominated the series dating back to last season.

JD Martinez says he would take lie detector test defending Alex Cora

JD Martinez

Whatever Alex Cora did to help the Astros illegally steal signs in 2017, he apparently left it in Houston. There has been speculation that Cora may have implemented some of the same tactics when he became the manager of the Boston Red Sox the following season, but J.D. Martinez insists that could not be further from the truth.

In an appearance on the “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria” show on WEEI Thursday, Martinez enthusiastically defended his former manager. The slugger said Cora never spoke with Red Sox players about what went on with the Astros or pressured any of them to do anything illegal. Martinez even said he would be willing to submit to a polygraph if anyone thinks he’s covering for Cora.

Cora was painted as one of the masterminds behind the sign-stealing operation in Houston, but Major League Baseball is holding off on disciplining him until an investigation into similar allegations against the Red Sox is complete. The Red Sox have been accused of illegally using their video replay room to help steal signs, but numerous reports have indicated the sign stealing wasn’t nearly as egregious as it was in Houston.

Multiple Red Sox players have expressed confidence that the team will be proven innocent when MLB concludes its investigation. You would have to think that confidence is coming from somewhere.

JD Martinez is still not a fan of Boston’s Mookie Betts trade

JD Martinez

After a delay, the Boston Red Sox concluded the trade that sent Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. While the prospect return looks better than the one they were getting before, that’s not enough to satisfy one player.

Outfielder J.D. Martinez, who did not hide his dissatisfaction when news of the initial Betts deal initially came out, did not feel any better about the restructured deal after news of the agreement was reported.

Basically, he’s still not a fan. Neither are many Red Sox fans, and it’s hard to blame them. The Red Sox may still be fairly good next year, but Martinez signed on to win titles, and trading an MVP is not the message you want to send a player with that mindset.

There has been some chatter that the outcry over the initial Betts deal stalled out because the Red Sox were put off by the negative reaction from fans and media. This one looks likely to go through, but don’t expect fans to like it any more than the first one.

JD Martinez tweets his reaction to David Price, Mookie Betts trade

JD Martinez

JD Martinez summed up the feelings of Red Sox nation with a brief tweet he sent on Tuesday night.

Martinez tweeted a sad face emoji, minutes after reports said David Price and Mookie Betts had been traded by Boston to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It’s hard not to feel his disappointment.

In 2018, the Red Sox won 108 games, mowed through some great competition in the playoffs, and won the World Series. They were among the best teams of the modern era.

16 months later, they have fired their manager, general manager, and traded their best player and pitcher. The Red Sox are shedding salary and rebuilding while seemingly admitting they’re not on the level of the divisional rival Yankees.

JD Martinez believes Red Sox will be exonerated by MLB investigation

JD Martinez

While the baseball world digests MLB’s penalties against the Houston Astros, others have one eye on what might happen to another contending franchise.

The Boston Red Sox have been accused of using a video replay room to illegally relay signs to hitters during the 2018 season, in which they won the World Series. The league’s investigation is ongoing, and there is no timetable for its conclusion.

One Red Sox star, outfielder J.D. Martinez, said Saturday that he is very confident that the league will find nothing and the team will be exonerated.

There’s not a lot Martinez can say as the investigation is ongoing, but it’s a pretty bold pronunciation. Manager Alex Cora has already lost his job over the scandal, though that had as much to do with what he did with the Houston Astros as it does the investigation into Boston. Still, the Red Sox risk being found to be repeat offenders after their use of an Apple Watch in 2017, which would likely bring significant penalties. We’ll have to wait and see, but this quote runs the risk of aging terribly.

JD Martinez will not opt out of contract with Red Sox for 2020

JD Martinez

JD Martinez had the option of becoming a free agent and signing a new contract this winter, but the Boston Red Sox slugger has decided to stay put for at least another year.

Martinez will not opt out of his contract, according to multiple reports. He holds player options for each of the next three seasons, so he is only committing to 2020 by not opting out now.

The first of Martinez’s three option years is worth the most, so that may have factored into his decision. He will earn $23.75 million in 2020, whereas opting in for 2021 and/or 2022 would be worth $19.3 million each season.

Martinez has been one of the best hitters in baseball since he signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2018 season. He hit .330 with 43 home runs and 130 RBI last season and was a huge part of the reason Boston won the World Series. The 32-year-old followed that up with another productive year in 2019, hitting .304 with 36 home runs and 105 RBI.

While Martinez sticking around is certainly good news for the Red Sox, it could make it less likely that they will keep Mookie Betts, who is expected to command a record contract in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The team basically already admitted that keeping both Martinez and Betts in 2020 will be difficult, though it’s also possible they could shop Martinez in trade talks.

Red Sox CEO says keeping both JD Martinez and Mookie Betts will be ‘difficult’

Mookie Betts

The Boston Red Sox are aiming to cut payroll for the 2020 season, and it seems increasingly likely it will lead to the departure of a big name.

Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said Monday that it was possible that the team could keep both Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez for 2020, but conceded that it would be “difficult” to do so given their contract status.

In other words, it’s more likely than not that one or the other will be playing somewhere else on Opening Day 2020. The team has openly stated that they want to cut payroll to get below the luxury tax threshold, and that means trades are coming. Martinez has an opt-out clause in his contract that he’s hinted at exercising, which would alleviate some pressure on Boston’s payroll. However, Betts will make north of $20 million and is entering the final season of team control. Contract negotiations have so far yielded no deal, and as long as that’s the case, there’s a growing chance that the team could opt to trade him and replenish their farm system while clearing even more space on the payroll. Whatever happens, it’s pretty clear that the top of the organization is embracing a new, cheaper philosophy.

Watch: Red Sox blast three home runs in first inning in London

JD Martinez

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees showed fans in London what an offensive explosion looks like with their 17-13 slugfest on Saturday, and that theme continued on Sunday.

After the two teams combined for six home runs in their first game at London Stadium, the Red Sox went deep three times in the bottom of the first on Sunday. Xander Bogaerts got things started with a two-run shot, and JD Martinez immediately followed with a solo homer of his own.

Catcher Christian Vazquez then belted a solo shot two batters later.

Depending on who you ask, the fans in London are either getting treated to some great baseball or some really bad baseball. They appear to be quite knowledgeable about the game judging by the reception they gave one umpire, so we’re guessing they enjoy the long ball just as much as we do back in America.

JD Martinez explains why he felt he had no chance of winning MVP

JD Martinez

By any measure, J.D. Martinez had a remarkable 2018 season. The Boston Red Sox DH hit .330 with 43 home runs and a league-best 130 RBIs, but those numbers were only good enough for a fourth-place finish in the race for American League MVP.

It turns out Martinez wasn’t remotely surprised by that finish, because he had grown to accept that a player whose primary role is as a designated hitter would have to have an unparalleled offensive season to claim the award.

Ultimately, Martinez is correct. More and more voters factor defense into the MVP conversation, and that was one reason why his teammate Mookie Betts, a good defender who’s so versatile that the Red Sox considered sticking him in the infield at times, claimed the trophy. It’s not Martinez’s fault that he makes no defensive contributions as a DH, but it definitely hurt him.

JD Martinez could miss Game 3 with ankle injury

JD Martinez

The Boston Red Sox could be without a key member of their lineup for Game 3 of the World Series.

During Game 1 on Tuesday, Martinez twisted his ankle while running the bases after hitting an RBI double. Martinez may have been fine to play if the DH were available, but with the series shifting to Los Angeles, Martinez’s ankle may not allow him to play the outfield on Friday.

“We’ll see,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora told regarding Martinez’s status. “Actually, he felt better today walking around. He got treatment on the way here. He’ll get treatment Friday morning. In the afternoon, we’ll make a decision.”

In 11 games this postseason, Martinez is batting .333/.429/.538 with two home runs and 13 RBI. If his ankle doesn’t respond well to treatment, Cora would be missing a substantial bat for a game that could be put the Red Sox on the brink of another championship.