Dustin Pedroia

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Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia 2012 (cropped).jpg
Dustin Pedroia playing for the Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles, August 14, 2012
Boston Red Sox – No. 15
Second baseman
Born: (1983-08-17) August 17, 1983 (age 30)
Woodland, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 22, 2006 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .302
Home runs 99
Runs batted in 493
On-base percentage .370
Runs 651
Hits 1,218
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Dustin Pedroia
Medal record
Baseball
Competitor for  United States
Pan American Games
Silver Santo Domingo 2003 National team

Dustin Luis Pedroia (born August 17, 1983) is an American professional baseball second baseman on the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Pedroia has won several awards in Major League Baseball, including the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and the 2008 AL MVP award. He also won a Silver Slugger as a second baseman and a Gold Glove in 2008, 2011, and 2013. He finished second overall in the AL in batting average in 2008. In addition to his offensive performance, Pedroia has been a major defensive contributor to the Red Sox.

Pedroia is listed by Major League Baseball and the Red Sox as 5' 8" (173 cm) and 165 pounds (originally listed at 5' 9", 180 lbs when he came up). In 2003 a USA Today article gave his height as 5' 7" (170 cm),[1] and when he was in college the NCAA and Arizona State University gave his height as 5' 8".[2]

Early baseball career[edit]

High school and collegiate career[edit]

Pedroia attended Woodland High School in Woodland, California, batting .445 in his senior year and was chosen as his league's most valuable player.

Pedroia attended Arizona State University, where he was teammates with current Detroit Tigers second baseman, Ian Kinsler, and current Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder, Andre Ethier. Kinsler and Pedroia competed for the shortstop position at ASU. Ultimately, Pedroia stayed at shortstop, while Kinsler ended up at second base before transferring to the University of Missouri. In three years at ASU, Pedroia never hit below .347, and had a career average of .384, starting all 185 games. To help ASU recruit better pitchers, Pedroia also relinquished the last two years of his athletic scholarship.[3] He was named ASU On Deck Circle Most Valuable Player; other winners have included Ike Davis, Willie Bloomquist, Paul Lo Duca, and Barry Bonds.[4]

Minor leagues[edit]

Pedroia was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, with the 65th pick overall. Pedroia, the eighth shortstop drafted, received a $575,000 signing bonus.[3]

In two years in the minors (2004–06), Pedroia batted .308 while playing second base and shortstop.

Major leagues[edit]

2007 season: AL Rookie of the Year[edit]

Pedroia became the regular second baseman for the Red Sox in 2007 replacing Mark Loretta. His defense in 2007 was solid, with six errors and a fielding percentage of .990. Early in the season, though, his batting average was as low as .172 (on May 1); that average, combined with the fact teammate Alex Cora was hitting .316 through the end of May, left Pedroia in a platoon role. Pedroia's batting improved quickly, however: by June 18, his average was .322, aided by a 13-game hitting streak, and a five-hit game against the San Francisco Giants on June 15. Because of that production, he was named American League Player of the Week for May 28 – June 3, 2007, and AL Rookie of the Month for May 2007.[5] His most notable play of the season, though, may have been a diving stop in the seventh inning of fellow rookie Clay Buchholz's September 1, 2007 no-hitter.[6]

Pedroia won the AL Rookie of the Year award,[7] and was selected to the 2007 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.[8]

2007 American League Playoffs[edit]

Pedroia entered the 2007 American League Division Series batting .317 with 8 home runs and 50 RBI in 139 regular season games with the Red Sox. In the ALDS, Pedroia struggled, getting only 2 hits in 3 games against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Though Pedroia struggled in the lead-off spot for the Red Sox, Boston cruised past the Angels 3 games to 0 to advance to the American League Championship Series, where they met the Cleveland Indians.

In the ALCS, Pedroia heated up, batting .395. In the 7th game, Pedroia hit a 2-run homer into the Green Monster seats in the 7th inning and had 5 RBI. He then hit a 3-run double in the bottom of the 8th to help the Red Sox secure the series and a spot in the World Series.

In the World Series against the Colorado Rockies, Pedroia was one of two rookies (with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury) starting for the Red Sox. These two rookies jump-started the Red Sox offense. In the Series' first at-bat, Pedroia hit the second pitch from Rockies ace Jeff Francis over the Green Monster, making him only the second player (after Baltimore's Don Buford in 1969), and the first rookie, to lead off the Series with a home run. In Game 3, with the Red Sox up 2-0, Ellsbury and Pedroia combined for 7 hits, 3 runs, and 4 RBI in a 10-5 Boston win. The Red Sox won Game 4 and swept the series for their seventh World Series title. Pedroia hit .278 with 5 hits, 1 home run and 4 RBI in the Series.

2008 season[edit]

Dustin Pedroia in Houston, June 2008

Pedroia ended the season with a .326 average with 17 home runs, 83 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases. He was tied for the MLB lead in hits with 213 and led the league in doubles (54), while leading the AL in runs scored (118), making him the first player to lead all three of those categories in the same season since Cal Ripken in 1983. Pedroia came in second in the AL in batting average (.326) behind Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (.328), fourth in the AL in total bases (322), and seventh in the AL in extra-base hits (73). His 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts helped Pedroia lead MLB in stolen base percentage (.952). With only 6 errors during the season, Pedroia won the 2008 AL MVP (the first by an American League second baseman since Nellie Fox in 1959)[9] as well as the AL Gold Glove (the first Red Sox second baseman to win the award since Doug Griffin in 1972) and Silver Slugger award for second base. He is the 10th player in the history of the Red Sox to capture the AL MVP and the 8th player in AL history to win the MVP, Gold Glove, and Silver Slugger awards in the same season. Pedroia became only the third player in MLB history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in consecutive seasons joining Cal Ripken Jr. and Ryan Howard. Fred Lynn (1975) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001) are the only players to win both awards in the same season.

2008 playoffs[edit]

Pedroia was hitless through the first three games of the 2008 ALDS. His sole hit was an RBI double that drove in Jason Varitek in the 5th inning of game 4. He batted 2nd in all 4 games in the series, behind Jacoby Ellsbury. Pedroia made one of the best defensive plays of the series with a diving throw to first base to retire Vladimir Guerrero in the third inning of game 4. The Red Sox went on to win in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 4 again knocking the Angels out of the playoffs.

The Angels contained Pedroia in the Division Series, but in the ALCS against the Tampa Bay Rays, Pedroia was red hot. In 26 trips to the plate in the ALCS, Pedroia collected 9 hits including three home runs and a double. However, his impressive line that included a .346 batting average and .731 slugging percentage wasn't enough to propel the Red Sox into the World Series as the rest of the team struggled to a .234 batting average against the impressive Tampa pitching staff.

2009 season[edit]

Dustin Pedroia bats against the Baltimore Orioles, August 2, 2009.

On December 3, 2008, Pedroia signed a six-year contract extension worth $40.5 million, in addition to a team option for 2015 worth $11 million.[10] Pedroia announced on December 15, 2008 that he would play for the United States team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

He also recorded the first Major League hit in Citi Field history when he hit a bloop double down the right field line in an April 3 exhibition game against the New York Mets. He hit a home run in his first at bat of the 2009 season. Pedroia was selected to the 2009 All Star Game on July 5.

Pedroia was selected to be the starting second baseman for the 2009 AL All Star Team. The weekend prior to the game, however, he withdrew from the team. Pedroia stated that he wanted to stay with his wife, Kelli, who was experiencing pregnancy complications with the couple's first child. The same issue had caused him to miss a regular season game prior to the All Star break.

Pedroia achieved his first multi-home run game on September 9, 2009, against the Baltimore Orioles.

For the second consecutive year, Pedroia led the American League in Runs Scored with 115 (2nd in MLB behind Albert Pujols who had 124 runs scored). He finished third in the AL / MLB with 48 doubles.

2010 season[edit]

After MLB umpire Joe West made controversial statements regarding the speed of play between the Red Sox and Yankees, Pedroia responded by saying, "What he doesn't understand is that when we don't do well in these games against the Yankees, we get killed. If he doesn't want to do Red Sox and Yankee games, he should tell the umpires' union. Then when we're in the World Series, he'll be out of that assignment, too."[11]

On June 24, 2010, Pedroia went 5 for 5, with 5 RBI, and hit three home runs in a game against the Colorado Rockies that the Red Sox won, 13–11, in the tenth inning.[12] The next day, Pedroia fouled a ball off his foot in an at-bat versus the San Francisco Giants. MRI results the next day confirmed that he had a broken bone in his foot, and later was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List. Pedroia was so concerned about his fielding skills getting rusty (he was on doctors' orders not to put weight on his foot for two weeks) that he practiced fielding ground balls on his knees.[13] On July 4, 2010, Pedroia was named to be a reserve player on the American League All Star team, but did not participate due to this injury, and had former Arizona State teammate Ian Kinsler replace him on the roster.

Pedroia returned to the lineup on August 17 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, only to be put back on the DL after playing 2 games.

2011 season[edit]

From June 29 to July 28, Pedroia had a 25-game hitting streak, the longest for a Boston Red Sox second baseman.[14] On August 16, Pedroia was involved in throwing a triple play, started by Jed Lowrie. He won a Fielding Bible Award in 2011 as the best fielding second baseman in MLB.[15]

2012 season[edit]

On May 28, Pedroia tore the adductor muscle in his right thumb. He made the decision to return to the lineup after missing 6 games, but on July 3 he hyperextended the same thumb and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 6.

Pedroia stole his 100th career base on September 26, 2012 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.

On September 30, Pedroia broke his ring finger on his left hand but after being reassured that the injury would not degrade with use, he made the decision to play through the pain in the following season-ending series at Yankee Stadium.[16]

2013 season[edit]

Dustin Pedroia Batting batting for Red Sox agains Blue Jays

On July 23, 2013, Pedroia and the Red Sox agreed to a 8-year extension worth $110 Million.[17] Pedroia was represented in negotiations by Sam Levinson and Seth Levinson of ACES Inc.[18]

Pedroia bounced back from his injury-laden 2012 season to become the only player on the Red Sox to play more than 150 games during the team's division-clinching 2013 season.[19]

Pedroia went on to win the World Series that year, it was the first time since 1918 the Red Sox clinched the series at home at Fenway Park. He also won his third Gold Glove Award and won the "Wilson A.L. Defensive Player of the Year".[20]

On November 13, 2013, Pedroia underwent thumb surgery to repair a torn UCL, an injury he suffered when sliding to first base on opening day. The surgery was performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Controversy[edit]

In an interview given to Boston, Pedroia criticized his home town of Woodland, California, calling it a "dump" and a city which never embraced him.[21] This generated backlash from his hometown and his family received death threats.[22] Pedroia later clarified his comments saying he was only joking and his comments were taken out of context.[23]

Awards and distinctions[edit]

Pedroia in 2008
  • 2004 Golden Spikes Award Finalist
  • 2004 First-Team Baseball America and USA Today All-American
  • 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year
  • 2003 NCAA Defensive Player of the Year
  • Red Sox ML Base Runner of the Month (April 2005)
  • Red Sox Minor League "Quality Plate Appearances" Award (June 2005)
  • 2005 Post-Season Eastern League All-Star
  • 2005 Minor League Player of the Year.
  • 2005 Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2005 Minor League News MLN FAB50 Baseball 2005 – No. 45
  • 2006 Minor League News MLN FAB50 Baseball 2006 – No. 23
  • 2007 American League Rookie of the Month-May
  • 2007 American League Player of the Week (May 28 – June 3)
  • 2007 Players Choice American League Outstanding Rookie
  • 2007 World Series Champion (Boston Red Sox)
  • 2007 American League Rookie of the Year
  • 2008 American League All-Star Starter
  • 2008 American League Gold Glove Winner
  • 2008 American League Silver Slugger award
  • 2008 American League Most Valuable Player Award
  • 2009 American League All-Star Starter
  • 2010 American League All-Star Reserve
  • 2011 Fielding Bible Award
  • 2011 American League Gold Glove Winner
  • 2013 American League All-Star Reserve
  • 2013 American League Gold Glove Winner
  • 2013 World Series Champion (Boston Red Sox)

Personal life[edit]

Pedroia has garnered multiple nicknames during his time in Boston, these include: Pedey, Laser Show, Dinky Pedinky, and the Muddy Chicken.[24] Pedroia is of Swiss Italian (Brione s/Minusio, Canton Ticino) and Portuguese heritage. He is the nephew of Eastern Michigan University defensive coordinator Phil Snow.[25]

On January 9, 2009, Pedroia was named as the cover athlete of the baseball video game MLB 09: The Show, and appeared in several commercials for the game.

On August 18, 2009, Dustin's wife Kelli gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy named Dylan.[26] On September 13, 2012, Dustin's wife Kelli delivered their second son, Cole.[27]

Dustin Pedroia is a fan of the NBA team, the Sacramento Kings, and NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers.

Pedroia has also expressed an interest in bigfoot, including tweeting about the show Finding Bigfoot from his Twitter account.[28][29]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "The tall and short of college baseball stars". USA Today. February 27, 2003. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Dustin Pedroia ASU". ASU Baseball. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  3. ^ a b Hohler, Bob (2008-09-28). "Most valuable half-pint". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  4. ^ "#1 in College Sports". CSTV.com. May 27, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pedroia, Pence selected as Rookies of the Month". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  6. ^ "2B Pedroia makes the play that made the no-hitter possible.". boston.com. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  7. ^ Dustin Pedroia wins 2007 American League Rookie of the Year Award from Baseball Writers Association of America
  8. ^ "Topps announces the 49th annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  9. ^ Pedroia named AL MVP MLB.com
  10. ^ "Red Sox sign Pedroia to $40.5M extension". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  11. ^ Francona calls comments 'troubling' ESPN
  12. ^ Benjamin, Amalie (2010-06-25). "Pedroia Rescues Red Sox". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  13. ^ Benjamin, Amalie (2010-07-01). "Injury brings him to his knees". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  14. ^ Longest Red Sox hitting streaks by position. Boston.com
  15. ^ "The 2011 Awards". The Fielding Bible. Archived from the original on November 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ Broken finger, broken team, but Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia is playing | masslive.com
  17. ^ Browne, Ian (July 24, 2012). "Pedroia agrees to extension through 2021". MLB.com. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  18. ^ http://acesincbaseball.com>
  19. ^ "Boston Red Sox: 2013 American League East Champions". 
  20. ^ Singer, Tom. "Wilson honors Parra, Pedroia for unrivaled D". MLB.com. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Dustin Pedroia Comes Out Swinging". Boston Magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  22. ^ "The Woodland People vs. Dustin Pedroia". Dead Spin. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  23. ^ "Pedroia: Woodland Comments Taken Out Of Context". The Sacramento Bee. 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  24. ^ Dustin Pedroia Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  25. ^ Hohler, Bob (2008-09-28). "Most valuable half-pint". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  26. ^ Kilgore, Adam (August 18, 2009). "Welcome, Dylan Pedroia". The Boston Globe. 
  27. ^ Gonzalez, Laurie (September 15, 2012). "Dustin Pedroia Wife Baby Boy Red Sox News". SB Nation. 
  28. ^ Silverman, Michael (March 13, 2013). "Dustin Pedroia continues his search for Bigfoot". The Boston Herald. 
  29. ^ Pedroia, Dustin (20 February 2013). "Post on Twitter account 15Lasershow". Retrieved 9 April 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Verducci, Tom (August 15, 2011). "The Muddy Chicken Hits It Big: Loud swing, louder mouth, even louder results: That's the story of Dustin Pedroia writ small. In a lineup of stars, nobody has played a larger role in the success of the Red Sox—or inspired better nicknames—than their 5' 8" second baseman". Sports Illustrated. p. 29. 

Born to Play: My Life in the Game by Dustin Pedroia with Edward J. Pelaney

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Justin Verlander
Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Evan Longoria
Preceded by
Justin Verlander
Players Choice AL Most Outstanding Rookie
2007
Succeeded by
Evan Longoria
Preceded by
Ichiro Suzuki
Major League Hits Champion
2008
(with Ichiro Suzuki)
Succeeded by
Ichiro Suzuki
Preceded by
Alex Rodriguez
American League Runs Scored Champion
2008 & 2009
Succeeded by
Mark Teixeira
Preceded by
Magglio Ordóñez
Major League Doubles Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Brian Roberts