Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia
Boston Red Sox — No. 15
Second Baseman
Born: August 17, 1983 (1983-08-17) (age 28)
Woodland, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
August 22, 2006 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2011)
Batting average     .305
Home runs     75
Runs batted in     344
On base percentage     .373
Runs     479
Hits     862
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Pan American Games
Silver Santo Domingo 2003 National team

Dustin Luis Pedroia (born August 17, 1983, in Woodland, California) is an American professional baseball second baseman with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. 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 and 2011. He finished second overall in the AL in batting average in 2008. In addition to his offensive performance, Pedroia has been a major contributor to the Red Sox on the defensive spectrum.

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]


Early baseball career

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 attended Arizona State University, where he was teammates with current Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler and current Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier. Kinsler and Pedroia competed 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] 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

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

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

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 first 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: An MVP season


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 following 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 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

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

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.[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

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

On June 29, 2011, Pedroia started a 25 game hitting streak, the most for a Boston Red Sox second baseman.[14] On August 16, 2011, 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]


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.[16] This generated backlash from his hometown and his family received death threats.[17] Pedroia later clarified his comments saying he was only joking and his comments were taken out of context.[18]

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 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 All-Star Starter
  • 2008 AL Gold Glove Winner
  • 2008 AL Silver Slugger award
  • 2008 American League Most Valuable Player Award
  • 2009 AL All-Star Starter
  • 2010 AL All-Star Reserve
  • 2011 Fielding Bible Award
  • 2011 AL Gold Glove Winner

Personal life

Pedroia is of Portuguese and Swiss (Maggia) heritage. Pedroia is the nephew of Eastern Michigan University defensive coordinator Phil Snow.[3]

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.[19]

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

See also


  1. ^ "The tall and short of college baseball stars". USA Today. February 27, 2003. 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 c 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. ^ "#1 in College Sports". CSTV.com. May 27, 2008. http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/stories/052808aaa.html. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  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. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071024202923/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. ^ Pedroia named AL MVP MLB.com
  10. ^ "Red Sox sign Pedroia to $40.5M extension". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3741730. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  11. ^ Francona calls comments 'troubling' ESPN
  12. ^ Benjamin, Amalie (2010-06-25). "Pedroia Rescues Red Sox". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2010/06/25/pedroia_rescues_red_sox/. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  13. ^ Benjamin, Amalie (2010-07-01). "Injury brings him to his knees". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2010/07/01/injury_brings_red_sox_pedroia_to_his_knees___fielding_grounders/. 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. http://www.webcitation.org/62sERzLeS. 
  16. ^ "Dustin Pedroia Comes Out Swinging". Boston Magazine. http://www.bostonmagazine.com/articles/dustin_pedroia/. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  17. ^ "The Woodland People vs. Dustin Pedroia". Dead Spin. http://deadspin.com/5208868/the-woodland-people-vs-dustin-pedroia. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  18. ^ "Pedroia: Woodland Comments Taken Out Of Context". The Sacramento Bee. 2009-04-10. http://www.modbee.com/2009/04/10/662140/pedroia-says-he-never-slammed.html. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  19. ^ Kilgore, Adam (August 18, 2009). "Welcome, Dylan Pedroia". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2009/08/welcome_dylan_p.html. 

Further reading

  • 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

Awards and achievements
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American League Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
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Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year
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Players Choice AL Most Outstanding Rookie
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Major League Hits Champion
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American League Runs Scored Champion
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Mark Teixeira
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Major League Doubles Champion
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Brian Roberts
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AL Gold Glove (Second Base)
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Alex Rodriguez
American League Most Valuable Player
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Joe Mauer

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