Nelson Cruz’s brilliant 2017 season with the Mariners earned him the prestigious award named after the hitting coach he works with every day to achieve such success. On Thursday, Major League Baseball announced that Cruz was voted as the winner of the 2017 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. Cruz finished ahead of Cleveland’s Edwin Encarnacion in the voting. “Nelson is truly deserving of the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter of the Year Award,” Martinez said in a statement. “I see first-hand how his presence both in the clubhouse and in our lineup provide stability that makes his teammates around him better. While he goes about his work in a quiet way, we are glad that he is receiving the national recognition that he deserves.” Cruz posted a .293 batting average, a .378 on-base percentage, a .556 slugging percentage with 88 runs scored, 28 doubles, 38 home runs and 114 RBI in 147 games at designated hitter for the Mariners. He was named to the American League All-Star team and picked up the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award for designated hitter. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player by the local chapter of the BBWAA. Among players with at least 250 plate appearances as a designated hitter in 2017, Cruz led all of them in batting, hits, runs, home runs, RBI, slugging, on-base plus slugging percentage and extra-base hits. He was tied for first in doubles and second in on-base percentage.