After playing just 9 games over the past three seasons due to a knee injury, Dustin Pedroia has decided to call it a career. On Monday, Dustin Pedroia announced his retirement after 14 seasons in the MLB.
Through his entire career, Pedroia only played for the Boston Red Sox and was crucial to their success over the years coming up in clutch moments when the team needed him. Pedroia ended his career with 3 World Series Title with Boston.
During his 14 year run, he played in 1512 games, got 1805 hits, hit 140 home runs, drove in 624 RBI’s, stole 138 bases, and a had batting average of .299. Before Pedroia was sidelined with injuries, he was arguably one of the best second basemen in the MLB. Although he did not put up outstanding numbers offensively, his defense made up for it. Pedroia won the Golden Glove 4 times, Defensive Player Of The Year twice and American League MVP once. During the 2008 season he became the first second basemen to win the MVP award since Nellie Fox in 1959.
Throughout his career, Pedroia was always a fan favorite in Boston both because of his play on the field, or his work off the field. Pedroia will always be remembered as one of the best Red Sox to play the game and will be deeply missed in the game of Baseball.
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