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DUSTIN
PEDROIA

 by Mark McDermott/BaseballSacramento.com 

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Born: August 17, 1983  

High School: Woodland

Bats: Right Throws: Right                   

Height: 5-9 Weight: 180

Position: Second Base  

Drafted: 2nd round 2004 Boston Red Sox  

Debut: August 22, 2006  

Teams: Boston Red Sox 2006-2010   



No one could predict what was ahead. Especially, after the scrappy Boston Red Sox second baseman hit an anemic .191 in 89 at-bats in his first experience in the major leagues in 2006.

Over the next four seasons, Dustin Pedroia was named the American League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, was named an All-Star three times and was a recipient of a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove award.

As successful and decorated as Pedroia had been in four-and-a-half seasons, the Red Sox envisioned even better years ahead. So, it came as no surprise that at the conclusion of the 2008 season, which he was named the MVP, hit .326, led the league in runs scored with 118, hits with 213 and doubles with 54 and added 17 home runs, 83 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases, the Red Sox worked quickly to sign their young superstar to a new six-year $40.5 million deal.

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Pedroia enjoyed continued success in 2009 with another solid season, hitting .296 with 15 home runs, 72 RBI and 20 steals and leading the league in runs scored with 115.

Pedroia, who was still four years away from free agency when he signed, is being paid an average of $7.35 million a year, a steal at the price clubs are paying ballplayers these days. The Red Sox were thrilled because they also held a cheap $11 million option for 2015.

However, the 2010 season tempered the Red Sox enthusiasm. Pedroia was off to a fast start. But on June 25, he sustained a broken navicular bone in his left foot during an interleague game in San Francisco, placing his career in jeopardy.

He tried to return in late-August, but even his mental toughness, supreme confidence and a bottle of painkillers wasn’t enough to keep him on the diamond. After two games, he was back on the disabled list and never played another game the rest of the season.

Then last September, doctors inserted a screw into his foot to help the healing process.

Pedroia has reported his foot feels good and he expects to report to spring training with the pitchers and catchers. Still, the Red Sox have to be concerned. Many all-star-caliber players who have sustained injuries of this magnitude failed to return to all-star form. Remember Dizzy Dean?

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Pedroia admits he pushed himself too hard when he returned in August and didn’t let the Red Sox organization know how much pain he was truly feeling. He says he won’t make that mistake again.

At a charity golf tournament in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic this past December for the David Ortiz Children Fund Golf Tournament, Pedroia said, “I have to watch it. If I get tired, I’ve got to be smart and go sit down. That’s the thing with this injury, the pounding on it. I’ve got to pick and choose some of the stuff I do, and if I’m feeling sore that day, take fewer ground balls and be ready for the game.”

Pedroia will wear a special cleat with protective padding around the bone for at least three or four months at the start of the season. He will also use a shin guard when he’s batting.

His future and future greatness, is now in the hands of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Career Statistics -- Dustin Pedroia

Year  

Team 

Avg. 

AB 

2B 

3B 

HR 

RBI 

SB 

BB 

SO 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

TB 

2006 

BOS 

.191 

31 

89 

17 

.258 

.303 

.561 

27 

2007 

BOS 

.317 

139 

520 

86 

165 

39 

50 

47 

42 

.380 

.442 

.823 

230 

2008 

BOS 

.326 

157 

653 

118 

213 

54 

17 

83 

20 

50 

52 

.376 

.493 

.869 

322 

2009 

BOS 

.296 

154 

626 

115 

185 

48 

15 

72 

20 

74 

45 

.371 

.447 

.819 

280 

2010 

BOS 

.288 

75 

302 

53 

87 

24 

12 

41 

37 

38 

.367 

.493 

.860 

149 

Totals 

.305 

556 

2190 

377 

667 

169 

54 

253 

56 

215 

184 

.369 

.460 

.830 

1008 

Uploaded 01/20/2011

All contents © Rick Cabral 2011

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