Marcos Mendoza | June 2nd, 2019
A Red Sox’s beat reporter has announced that the 35-year-old 2B has officially left the Red Sox’s to be with his family. This likely means that his career will come to an end and what a career it was for Pedroia.
Pedroia was a second-round draft pick in 2004 out of Arizona State University. He made his MLB debut with the Red Sox’s on August 22, 2006, vs the Los Angeles Angeles and has been with the Red Sox’s ever since. In his 14 year career with the Red Sox’s, Pedroia has four All-Star selections, was the ROY in 2007, a MVP in 2008, four Gold Gloves, one Silver Slugger, three AL Wilson Defensive Player of the year at 2B, one AL Wilson Overall Defensive Player of the Year and a two time World Series Champion.
Pedroia’s career line .299/.365/.439 .805 OPS .352 wOBA, 115 wRC+, 1,805 Hits, 394 Doubles, 140 Homers, 725 RBIs and a 46.7 career WAR. Since entering the league in 2006 here are his career ranks among 2B.
WAR= 4th (46.7)
wRC+= 7th (115)
SLG= 16th (.439)
OBP= 1st (.365)
AVG= 4th (.299)
RBIs= 6th (725)
2Bs= 2nd (394)
HRs= 12th (140)
Pedroia never finished a season with a WAR less than 1.0, his worst season was his last full season in 2017 finishing with a WAR of 1.9.
In his award-winning Rookie season in 2007, Pedroia had a line of .317/.380/.442 .822 OPS, .364 wOBA, 117 wRC+, 8 HRs, 50 RBIs and finishing the season with a 3.7 WAR. He beat out Tampa Bay Rays Rookie Delmon Young with a total of 24 first-place votes. The very next season Pedroia capped off his ROY with an MVP award. He had a line of .326/.376/.493 .869 OPS, .377 wOBA, 127 wRC+, 17 HRs, 83 RBIs and finishing with a 6.4 WAR. He led the league in Hits, Runs, and Doubles, and finished second in WAR. He beat out Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau with 16 first-place votes. In terms of WAR, his MVP season wasn’t even the best of his career. In 2011 Pedroia had a line of .307/.387/.474 .861 OPS, .375 wOBA, 133 wRC+, 21HRs, 91 RBIs, 26 SB, and a 7.9 WAR. He finished 4th in WAR that season he was not an All-Star and finished 9th in MVP voting. In 11 postseason series, Pedroia had a line of .233/.313/.374 .687 OPS 5 HRs and 25 RBIs.
Pedroia has had an exceptional career with the Red Sox’s, I don’t believe that he’ll get into the Hall. He’s had a really good but not great enough career to get him in. It’s unfortunate what’s led to the end of a career for Pedroia with chronic knee injuries since 2017. Pedroia will forever be a Red Sox’s legend!!
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