Dustin Pedroia has announced his retirement after a 14-year career. Pedroia has been suffering from lingering injuries the past few season but will be paid in full ($12.125 million) for the final season of his contract.
“Dustin came to represent the kind of grit, passion, and competitive drive that resonates with baseball fans everywhere and especially with Red Sox fans,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement. Pedroia missed the entire 2020 campaign due to a knee injury and has appeared in just nine games total since the end of the 2017 season, so it was obvious this day was coming soon, but it’s sad that he didn’t get to go out on his own terms.
Pedroia had an amazing career amassing a .299/.365/.439 batting line with 1,805 hits, 140 homers, and 725 RBI over 1,512 regular season games. In addition to being part of two World Series teams, he won the AL Rookie of the Year Award (2007), the AL MVP (2008), and four Gold Glove Awards while being selected to four All-Star teams. He’ll always be remembered fondly by Red Sox fans and he should have a shot at making the MLB Hall Of Fame.
Dustin Pedroia retires
World Series – 2x
All-Star – 4x
Gold Glove – 4x
Rookie of the Year
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