LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Former Nova Southeastern baseball All-American J.D. Martinez became the first Sharks player to appear in and win the World Series, aiding the Boston Red Sox to the title on Sunday night, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium.
Also becoming the first Red Sox player to hit a home run in each round of the postseason since David Ortiz in 2013, Martinez batted .278 in the World Series against the Dodgers, logging five RBI, two runs, a home run and a double.
Overall in the postseason, Martinez was a stalwart hitter for the Red Sox, registering a. team-leading .300 average with six runs, three homers and two doubles – topping MLB postseason performers with 14 RBI.
Martinez is the first player from the Sunshine State Conference to collect a World Series title since Tim Wakefield did so with the 2007 Red Sox.
Finishing the season behind only teammate Mookie Betts in the MLB batting race, Martinez earned the 2018 American League Hank Aaron Award, hitting .328 while helping Boston to a league-leading 119 wins. Martinez led the league with 144 RBI and a second-ranked 46 home runs, registering 117 runs and 39 doubles.
A three-year standout at NSU (2007-09), Martinez set a career home run record (32) during his All-America junior season, batting .394 with a .691 slugging percentage and 142 career RBI during his time in a Sharks uniform. He was drafted in the 20th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by Houston – becoming the first Nova Southeastern player to reach the major league level with his 2011 debut for the Astros.
After helping the 2009 Sharks to a 37-19 record, Martinez batted .342 into his third minor league season before being called up. Overall, he hit .328 across all minor league appearances and has .292 in the MLB.