The second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who from 2006 to 19 in 1Played 512 games with the Boston Red Sox announced his retirement from Major League Baseball today
Pedroia, 37, has spent his entire 17-year professional career in the Red Sox organization after being selected by the club in the second round of 2004

The second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who from 2006 to 19 in 1Played 512 games with the Boston Red Sox, announced his retirement from Major League Baseball today

Pedroia, 37, has spent his entire 17-year professional career in the Red Sox organization after being selected by the club in the second round of the June 2004 draft to become a three-time world champion (2007, 13, 18) American League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and Most Valuable Player in 2008 He won four All-Star games (2008-10, ’13), four Gold Glove Awards on the second base (2008, ’11, ’13 -14) and a 2008 Silver Slugger Award and is the only second baseman ever named Red Sox MVP by the Boston Baseball Writers (2008, ’12) In 2012, Pedroia was named first second baseman on the All Fenway team

“Dustin is so much more than his American League Most Valuable Player Award, selection of All-Star Games and the gold gloves he has garnered during his impressive 17-year career with our organization,” said the principal owner John Henry

“Dustin embodied the kind of grit, passion and competitiveness that resonates with baseball fans everywhere, and Red Sox fans in particular. He played the game he loves in the service of our club, its principles, and the pursuit of Championships Above all, we are forever grateful to him for what he has brought to our club and our region as an important role model that shows us all how much can be achieved with determination and hard work ”

“Dustin was an integral part of our club from Draft Day to retirement,” said Chairman Tom Werner. “While with the Red Sox, we had the opportunity to see Dustin become one of the best second bases in the game as a player and saw him grow as the husband of Kelli and father to his three incredible children The full impact of the Pedroia family extends well beyond the walls of Fenway Park and into the Boston community through their work with military families and the Jimmy Fund. Congratulations to Dustin his great career and thank him and Kelli for their contributions to our club and community ”

“Dustin’s disciplined approach has never wavered through championships and injuries,” said President and CEO Sam Kennedy. “His work ethic is second to none, and we’ve seen him attack rehab with the same intensity in the final chapter of his career he approached the racket’s box in his prime and I know that hanging up his spikes is not an easy decision for a competitor of his caliber.We are fortunate to have him in a Red Sox uniform for so long and we look forward to seeing him back to Fenway Park to celebrate his career ”

In Major League history, Pedroia is the only player to ever win a World Series title and receive MVP, Rookie of the Year and Gold Glove awards for the first two seasons after doing the feat of Made 2007 through 2008 The only other players who have had all of these achievements at any point in their careers are the National Baseball Hall of Famers, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Johnny Bench, and Cal Ripken Jras well as Pete Rose, Thurman Munson, Albert Pujols, Buster Posey and Cody Bellinger

Pedroia was the Red Sox nominee for the Heart and Hustle Award of the MLB Players Alumni Association for seven consecutive seasons from 2010 to 2016 and was named the overall winner of the MLB in 2013.The award is given annually to an active player who has one Demonstrates passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and traditions of the game. He also received the Boston Baseball Writers’ Jackie Jensen Award in 2011 and 2014, honoring a Red Sox player annually for his spirit and determination is awarded

In the 120-year history of the Red Sox, Pedroias played 1506 games ranked 11th of all time and are the second most popular among the club’s second bases, followed by Bobby Doerr (1st place)865) Pedroia played in 14 major league seasons from 2006 to 19, along with Doerr and David Ortiz for seventh place in franchise history, only behind Carl Yastrzemski (23), Dwight Evans (19), Ted Williams (19), Tim Wakefield (17) ), Jim Rice (16) and Jason Varitek (15) Pedroia started on eleven consecutive opening days from 2007 to 17, only following Yastrzemski (12 in left field) for the longest run a Red Sox player has ever completed in one position In the 11 seasons prior to 2007 (1996-2006), 10 different players started opening day on the second base for Boston

In his major league career, Pedroia fought 299 (1805 for 6031) with a 365 base percentages, 140 home runs, 394 doubles, 725 RBI, 922 runs scored, 138 stolen bases and only 30 fewer walks (624) than strikeouts (654) in the history of the Red Sox, he is in the top 10 of all Times for hits (8), Doubles (6), Runs (10), Stealing (6), Extra base hits (8, 549) and total bases (8, 2649)) and bats (9) During his 10-year run from 2007-16, his 506 wins over the substitute finished sixth in the majors behind Robinson Canó (57) 6), Adrián Beltré (562), Albert Pujols (553), Miguel Cabrera (548 ) and Clayton Kershaw (53) 9) according to baseball reference.In this 10-year period, Pedroia beat 303 and took second place in doubles (371), fourth place in hits (1666) and fourth place in the runs achieved (869)

Pedroia has hit at least 300 in one season five times and was the only great leaguer to beat at least 275 in each of the 11 seasons from 2007-17 (min 300 PA) His five games with at least five hits are the most in history the Red Sox and he’s the only franchise player to ever have up to six hits in 10 or more games in a single season (2016) His 25-game streak in 2011 is the longest a Red Sox second bassist has ever completed, while his 138 steals are most of his franchises. Pedroia is the only second baseman in Red Sox history to have at least 200 Recorded hits and 100 runs in one season (2008, 16) He still holds single season franchise records in the batting average (326), runs (118), hits (213), doubles (54), total bases (322), and extra base hits (73) by a second baseman All achieved during his 2008 MVP season Pedroia joins Yastrzemski and Mookie Betts as the only Red Sox to ever hit 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases
In addition to his four Gold Glove Awards, Pedroia was named a second base finalist in 2012, 2016 and 2017. Its 991 field percentage at the second base is the highest in AL history; He owns eight of the twelve highest fielding percentages for a second base season in Red Sox history, including a franchise-best 997 marks in 2014 Pedroia had 439 straight chances from 2009 to 2010 without committing a mistake and played 114 consecutive clean games from 2016-17, both Red Sox records on second base.He also holds Red Sox records in one season for most games (160) and starts (159) on second base, both during the 2013 World Championship season of the club were achieved

Pedroia was the Red Sox’s first second baseman in all of the club’s 51 postseason games from 2007-17 when he joined Mark Lemke (Braves, 55) and Robinson Canó (Yankees, 51) as the only players ever Have started at least 50 consecutive postseason games on the second base for a single team During his 2007 rookie season, Pedroia went 3-5 with a home run and five RBIs in Game 7 of the ALCS as he still holds the rookie record for most Holds RBI in an ALCS game He is one of only two newbies to ever race in Game 7 of an ALCS homer along with Randy Arozarena in 2020 Pedroia celebrated the first inning in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series at Fenway Park He’s still the only rookie to ever do a leadoff home run in the World Series

In 2014, Pedroia started the Pedroia Train Program to invite military personnel to Fenway Park as they return home, to meet with them before the games and to provide them with tickets to his seats. He has also been to countless events with the Jimmy Fund involved, met several children through the Make-A-Wish program, and regularly attended events that benefit the Red Sox Foundation

Pedroia and his wife Kelli have three sons, Dylan, Cole and Brooks. They live in Arizona

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