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  1. #1
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    Dustin Pedroia retires

    A Red Sox legend is officially hanging up his cleats. Dustin Pedroia announced his retirement from baseball in a press release issued by the team late Monday morning.

    Pedroia, 37, has played just nine games over the last three seasons, including none in 2020, while battling a slew of knee injuries that ultimately proved to be career-ending.

    Pedroia finishes his career having played 1,512 games with the Red Sox over 14 seasons, which is the 11th-most in franchise history. He ranks among the top 10 in Red Sox history in hits (8th), doubles (6th), runs (10th), steals (6th), extra-base hits (8th), total bases (8th), and at-bats (9th).


    Pedroia won the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2007 and helped Boston win the World Series that same year. He won the AL MVP Award the next year in 2008 and helped the Red Sox win another World Series in 2013. Pedroia added a third World Series ring in 2018, a season in which he served more as a mentor after playing just three games.

    Pedroia also won four Gold Glove Awards as a consistently great defensive second baseman and made four All-Star Games.

    “Dustin is so much more than his American League Most Valuable Player award, his All-Star Game selections, and the Gold Gloves he amassed throughout his impressive 17-year career in our organization,” said Principal Owner John Henry.
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  2. #2
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    I should be sad but I'm not. When he signed his (disastrous) $110M/8yr contract, he did so saying that he wanted to structure the deal in a way that did not hurt the team at the end of his career. Unfortunately, he did exactly the opposite by clinging to the hope of a return when it was obvious to all that he was done. Why DD also did not live up to his reputation of regarding such contracts as "sunk costs" and simply removed him from the 40-man roster (outright him to PAW or something), I'll never really understand.

    At any rate, thanks for some great days at Fenway, Pedey. I will forever hope that new members of the Red Sox roster will play with the passion that you did.

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