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Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia
Boston Red Sox — No. 15
Second Baseman
Born: August 17, 1983 (1983-08-17) (age 26)
Woodland, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
August 22, 2006 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2009)
Batting average     .307
Home runs     42
Runs batted in     212
On Base Percentage     .370
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Dustin Luis Pedroia (born August 17, 1983, in Woodland, California) is a Major League Baseball second baseman for the Boston Red Sox. During his brief career in the majors, Pedroia has won several awards, including the 2007 AL Rookie of the Year award and the 2008 AL MVP. He also won a Silver Slugger as a second baseman, and was second overall in the AL in batting average in 2008.

Pedroia is listed by Major League Baseball and the Red Sox as 5' 9" (175 cm) and 180 pounds. 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]

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Early baseball career

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High school and college

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

Pedroia went to Arizona State University, where he was teammates with current Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler. Kinsler and Pedroia battled for the shortstop position; 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. Furthermore, to help ASU recruit better pitchers, Pedroia relinquished the last two years of his athletic scholarship.[3]

Minor leagues

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.[4]

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

Major leagues

2006 season

Pedroia collected his first Major League hit in his first game in the majors, on August 22, 2006, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Pedroia earned his first major league home run on September 9, 2006, against Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hudson. He wore number 64 in 2006; at the start of the 2007 season he switched to his current number, 15. Pedroia finished the season with a low .191 average with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs.

2007 season

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 hitting of teammate Alex Cora, 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, 2007. 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

Dustin 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.

Entering the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies, Dustin Pedroia was one of two rookies starting (with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury) for the American League champion Red Sox. These two rookies jump started the Red Sox offense. Pedroia only saw one pitch in his first World Series at-bat before he took Rockie ace Jeff Francis' pitch over the Green Monster. This made him only the second player (and the first rookie) to lead off the Series with a home run. The only other player to lead off a World Series with a home run was Baltimore's Don Buford against Tom Seaver and the 1969 New York Mets. After winning the first two games of the World Series, the Red Sox entered Game 3 making history by having two rookies bat first and second in the line-up. Ellsbury and Pedroia combined for 7 hits, 3 runs, and drove in 4 more to help the Sox take the first three games of the Series. The Red Sox won Game 4 and swept the Colorado Rockies to win their seventh World Series title. Dustin Pedroia hit .278 with 5 hits, 1 home run with 4 runs batted in in the Series.

2008: An MVP season

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During the 2008 season, Red Sox manager Terry Francona noted that Pedroia, like Mike Lowell and Alex Cora, was willing to play catcher in emergencies.[9]

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 in 773 plays at second base, Pedroia was second in the AL in fielding percentage by a second baseman (.992), behind Mark Ellis (.993, OAK), who had almost 200 fewer total chances.

Following the season, Pedroia won the 2008 AL MVP (the first by an American League second baseman since Nellie Fox in 1959)[10] as well as the AL Gold Glove 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 fourth player in MLB history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in consecutive seasons (others have won both in the same season) joining Cal Ripken Jr., Ryan Howard and Ichiro Suzuki.

2008 Playoffs

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 LCS, 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

Pedroia bats in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles.

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.[11] Dustin 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. Dustin 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.

On October 11, 2009, Pedroia popped out to short against Brian Fuentes to end the Red Sox season in game 3 of the American League Division Series.

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.

Statistics

Hitting

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
2006 BOS 31 89 5 17 4 0 2 7 0 7 7 .191 .258 .303
2007 BOS 139 520 86 165 39 1 8 50 7 47 42 .317 .380 .442
2008 BOS 157 653 118 213 54 2 17 83 20 50 52 .326 .376 .493
2009 BOS 154 626 115 185 48 1 15 72 20 62 41 .296 .371 .447
Total 4 years 481 1888 324 580 145 4 42 212 47 178 146 .307 .370 .455
  • BOLD denotes AL leader

Fielding

Year Team POS G GS INN TC PO A E DP PB SB CS RF FPCT UZR
2006 BOS 2B 27 19 172.0 121 45 73 3 17 - - - 6.17 .975 -2.2
2006 BOS SS 6 5 41.0 21 7 13 1 4 - - - 4.39 .952 NA
2007 BOS 2B 137 132 1141.1 625 259 360 6 78 - - - 4.88 .990 3.6
2008* BOS 2B 157 155 1376.1 733 279 448 6 101 - - - 4.75 .992 10.5
2009 BOS 2B 154 154 1346.2 663 253 404 6 93 - - - 4.39 .991 9.8
Total 4 years - 481 465 4077.1 2163 843 1298 22 293 - - - 4.73 .990 21.7
  • * denotes Gold Glove Award
  • Statistics updated (02/03/2010)

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2004 Golden Spikes Award Finalist
  • 2004 First-Team Baseball America and USA Today All-American
  • 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year
  • 2003 Pac-10 Player of Forever
  • 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 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 Voted into his first All-Star game
  • 2008 AL Gold Glove Winner
  • 2008 AL Silver Slugger award
  • 2008 American League Most Valuable Player Award
  • 2009 AL All-Star Starter

Personal life

Pedroia married his girlfriend Kelli Hatley on November 11, 2006. Hatley, a 2005 Arizona State University graduate, is a melanoma survivor, and advocates for safe sun care with the awareness program "Play Smart When It Comes To The Sun."

Dustin Pedroia is of Portuguese heritage. Pedroia is the nephew of Detroit Lions linebacker coach Phil Snow.[3]

Pedroia and Red Sox manager Terry Francona frequently play games of cribbage on team road trips. On Boston's sports talk radio station, WEEI, mid-day show hosts Dale Arnold and Michael Holley are known for asking Francona about their cribbage matches on the plane. Pedroia has been teased for refusing to admit that Francona is the better cribbage player.

On January 9, 2009, Pedroia was named as the cover athlete of MLB 09: The Show.

Pedroia and his wife had their first child, a baby boy, Dylan Pedroia on August 18, 2009. [12]

See also

References

  1. ^ "The tall and short of college baseball stars". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/baseball/2003-02-27-size_x.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Dustin Pedroia ASU". ASU Baseball. http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/pedroia_dustin00.html. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  3. ^ a b Hohler, Bob (2008-09-28). "Most valuable half-pint". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2008/09/28/most_valuable_half_pint/?page=full. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  4. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named mvp; see Help:Cite error.
  5. ^ "Pedroia, Pence selected as Rookies of the Month". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20070604&content_id=2005322&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  6. ^ "2B Pedroia makes the play that made the no-hitter possible.". boston.com. http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2007/09/02/2b_pedroia_makes_the_play_that_made_the_no_hitter_possible/. 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. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20071126&content_id=2307272&vkey=pr_kc&fext=.jsp&c_id=kc. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  9. ^ "Boston Red Sox - Francona unmasks an emergency catcher - The Boston Globe". boston.com. http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2008/04/23/francona_unmasks_an_emergency_catcher/. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  10. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081118&content_id=3683215&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
  11. ^ "Red Sox sign Pedroia to $40.5M extension". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3741730. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  12. ^ http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2009/08/welcome_dylan_p.html

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Dustin Pedroia
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Boston Red Sox — No. 15
Second baseman
Born: August 17, 1983 (1983-08-17) (age 27)
Woodland, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
August 22, 2006 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through July 3, 2008)
Batting average    .303
Home runs    19
Runs batted in    96
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Rookie of the Year Award winner (2007)
  • Dustin Luis Pedroia (born August 17, 1983 in Woodland, California) is a Major League Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox. He played college baseball at Arizona State University. He is 5 feet 9 inches (1.8 m) and 180 lbs. He won the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year award.

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