Congratulations MVP Dustin Pedroia!
BOSTON -- Just call him Mr.
November. Or better yet, refer to Dustin Pedroia as the Most
Valuable Player of the American League.
The second baseman of the Boston Red Sox continued his rapid
burst into the national spotlight on Tuesday, when he was
recognized with that impressive honor.
Though most pundits expected the race for MVP to be
agonizingly close, Pedroia won in comfortable fashion,
outdistancing a solid field that included, among others, Red
Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, Twins first baseman Justin
Morneau, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Angels closer
Following a 2007 season in which Pedroia helped fuel the Red
Sox to a World Series championship and won the American League
Rookie of the Year Award, the right-handed hitting machine
staged quite an encore.
Pedroia joins Cal Ripken Jr. and Ryan Howard as the only
players to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in consecutive
For his performance in 2008, Pedroia received a Gold Glove
Award, a spot on the American League's Silver Slugger team and
now the MVP.
By prevailing in the Baseball Writers' Association of
America voting, Pedroia became the first Red Sox player to cart
home the coveted MVP Award since Mo Vaughn in 1995. But unlike
Vaughn, one of the most physically imposing figures in club
history, Pedroia will go down as one of the slightest.
Officially listed at 5-foot-9 in the Boston media guide,
Pedroia is probably two or three inches shorter than that.
After a grand slam at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 27, a revved-up
Pedroia informed his teammates that he was "the strongest
165-pound man in baseball."
It was that type of infectious enthusiasm that earned
Pedroia the rare ability to be considered a team leader at the
age of 25.
But as much as Pedroia said
in the clubhouse and dugout, his bat spoke the
BOSTON -- For all the attention that little Dustin Pedroia gets
for his big bat, his emergence into an elite second baseman has
too often been lost in the shuffle.
changed in dramatic fashion on Thursday, when Pedroia, the
sparkplug of the Boston Red Sox, was officially awarded a
Rawlings Gold Glove for his defensive
nabbed the honor for the first time in just his second Major
League season. He is just the second Red Sox second baseman to
earn a Gold Glove and first since Doug Griffin in
unbelievable," said Pedroia. "I didn't really set expectations on myself when
I got up to the Major Leagues. The first two years have
gone by so fast. I just kind of put my head down and work
as hard as I can. When it's 7 o'clock, or 1 o'clock,
whenever we play, I just go out there and play as hard as
I can. That's the kind of attitude I'm going to take every
single day of my whole career. I put the blinders on and
just work as hard as I can, and hopefully, I'll just
continue to be a better player."
for most of his life, Pedroia wasted little time transitioning
himself into a superb second baseman once he got to the Major
credits much of his success to his infield coach of the last
two seasons, Luis Alicea, as well as veteran utility infielder
"I know a
lot of guys have helped me out since I made the transition to
second base," Pedroia said. "Luis Alicea helped me out a ton,
and Alex Cora, just preparing me for moving me from shortstop
to second base. We took a ton of ground balls and tried to get
better, and I think the last couple of years I've definitely
proven myself that I could be a great defender in this league.
Today, I'm definitely excited about it, because all the hard
work paid off."
games, Pedroia made just six errors in 733 chances, the fewest
for a Boston second baseman with at least 700 chances since
Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr had six errors in 802 chances in
.992 fielding percentage was second in the American League
among second baseman to Mark Ellis of Oakland. In fact, that
percentage is the third best in club history, trailing only
Mark Loretta (.994 in 2006) and Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr (.993
Silver Slugger Award
Dustin Pedroia has collected another impressive piece of
The Red Sox' outstanding second baseman has won a Silver
Slugger award as the top offensive player at his position in
the American League, it was announced today. The awards, which
are presented annually, are determined by a vote of AL managers
Pedroia, who won his first Gold Glove award last week,
batted .326 with 17 home runs and 83 RBIs in his second full
major league season. He is considered to be among the
frontrunners for the AL Most Valuable Player award, which will
be announced Tuesday.
Pedroia becomes the first Red Sox second baseman ever to
receive the honor. The 25-year-old led the majors with 54
doubles, tied Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki for first with 213 hits,
and ranked second with 118 runs and 61 multi-hit games, both AL
He was the third major league second baseman ever to tally 100
runs, 200 hits, 50 doubles, and 20 steals in a season, joining
the Yankees' Alfonso Soriano (2002) and the Astros' Craig
The 2007 AL Rookie of the Year established single-season
franchise records by a second baseman for runs, hits, doubles,
batting average, total bases, and extra-base hits.
Pedroia joins Jason Varitek (2005), Ellis Burks (1990), and
Dwight Evans (1981) as the fourth Boston player to win Gold
Glove and Silver Slugger awards in the same