DUSTIN LUIS PEDROIA
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   2B
Home: N/A Team:   RED SOX - DL
Height: 5' 8" Bats:   R
Weight: 180 Throws:   R
DOB: 8/17/1983 Agent: Seth and Sam Levinson
Uniform #: 15  
Birth City: Woodland, CA
Draft: Red Sox #2 - 2004 - Out of Arizona State Univ.
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2004 SAL AUGUSTA   12 50 11 20 5 0 1 5 2   6 3     .400
2004 FSL SARASOTA   30 107 23 36 8 3 2 14 0   13 4     .336
2005 EL PORTLAND   66 256 39 83 19 2 8 40 7   34 26     .324
2005 IL PAWTUCKET   51 204 39 52 9 1 5 24 1   24 17     .255
2006 IL PAWTUCKET   111 423 55 129 30 3 5 50 1 4 48 27 .384 .426 .305
2006 AL RED SOX   31 89 5 17 4 0 2 7 0 1 7 7 .258 .303 .191
2007 AL RED SOX $380.00 139 520 86 165 39 1 8 50 7 1 47 42 .380 .442 .317
2008 AL RED SOX $457.00 157 653 118 213 54 2 17 83 20 1 50 52 .376 .493 .326
2009 AL RED SOX $1,750.00 154 626 115 185 48 1 15 72 20 8 74 45 .371 .447 .296
2010 IL PAWTUCKET   2 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .286 .167 .167
2010 AL RED SOX $3,750.00 75 302 53 87 24 1 12 41 9 1 37 38 .367 .493 .288
2011 AL RED SOX $5,750.00 159 635 102 195 37 3 21 91 26 8 86 85 .387 .474 .307
2012 AL RED SOX $8,250.00 141 563 81 163 39 3 15 65 20 6 48 60 .347 .449 .290
2013 AL RED SOX $10,250.00 160 641 91 193 42 2 9 84 17 5 73 75 .372 .415 .301
2014 AL RED SOX $12,625.00 135 551 72 153 33 0 7 53 6 6 51 75 .337 .376 .278
2015 AL RED SOX $12,142.00 93 381 46 111 19 1 12 42 2 2 38 51 .356 .441 .291
2016 AL RED SOX $13,000.00 154 633 105 201 36 1 15 74 7 4 61 73 .376 .449 .318
2017 AL RED SOX $14,642.00 86 340 37 103 17 0 6 54 4 3 41 37 .378 .406 .303
Personal
  • Pedroia is from Woodland, California, a quaint, small town about 20 miles northwest of Sacramento. It isn't really tiny, with a population of over 50,000. But downtown is the kind of place that could slide smoothly onto Route 66 somewhere in the nation's middle, the perfect setting for a staging of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town."

    The main street is called Main Street and features a corner drugstore called Corner Drug. A tack shop stands as a reminder that this is still horse country, Costco or not. The State Theater advertises "Free Refill on Large Popcorn." The walls of the Spanish colonial-style Hotel Woodland seem as though they would belch if someone tried to affix a Marriott or Sheraton nameplate.

    A few blocks away sits a ball field. "Clark Field," the sign says, "home of Babe Ruth League, Woodland High School, American Legion."

    Dustin was born and raised in Woodland, as were his parents, Guy and Debbie, and brother Brett. The family's roots in Yolo County stretch more than a century. It is a small town where everybody may not know everybody but where one of Dustin's high school baseball coaches, Matt Bryson, is married to Dustin's cousin, Niki, and Guy Pedroia rents a house to the father of Tony Torcato, the former Giants farmhand from Woodland. (Henry Schulman-SF Chronicle-11/23/08)

  • Dustin grew up a San Francisco Giants fan.

    In fact, he says the best Christamas gift he ever got as a youth: "My parents got me a little San Francisco Giants bat, because I was Giants fan when I was little. I was like 3 or 4, and I think I still have it at home. That's one that really stuck out. I remember I was so excited. My brother would wrap up a little foil ball and we would try to hit it around the house, and I was always breaking things around the house with my stupid bat. It's things like that that kind of bring your family together. Me and my brother were always close, always playing games with each other. That kind of made it special."

  • Pedroia has always hit wherever he has played.

    In high school, he hit .448, .459, and .445.

    Then, .347, .404, and .393 in his three standout years at Arizona State. 

    Then, .357, .293, and .305 in his three seasons in the minors.

  • Pedroia dreamed of playing for Arizona State University since attending a camp run by Fernando Vina, another former Sun Devils shortstop with Sacramento roots.

    But upon his arrival in the fall of 2001, Pedroia was a mess. He made countless errors. He called home daily. He seriously considered going home to play for Sacramento City College. Former teammate Dennis Wyrick once called it "suicide watch," to which Pedroia said, "No joke." (BA-02/04)

  • In 2004, Pedroia became the fourth player in Arizona State history to earn three consecutive All-Pac 10 First Team awards. Pedroia finished second in Pac-10 2004 Player of the Year voting after winning the award in 2003.

    That year, he hit .393 (second in Pac-10) in 59 starts, smashing 24 doubles, one triple and nine homers while driving in 48 runs and stealing eight bases in 13 attempts. His on-base percentage was .502. He is a career .383 hitter for Arizona State, ranking seventh in school history. Obviously durable, Pedroia started all 185 games he played at ASU, so he is an iron man.

  • At Arizona State, Pedroia, the son of a tire salesman, gave up his scholarship his last two years so Murphy could recruit a much-needed pitcher.

  • After his second season with Boston, he signed so quickly and so cheaply for such a long-term deal (six years, $40.5 million, with a team option for a seventh year) that even Epstein admitted, "We almost felt guilty adding an option year. He said, 'I love it here. I want to be here.' He encouraged [us to make] it as long as possible."
  • Dustin was one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, which was announced on June 13, 2004.
  • Dustin is an old-school player. He just flat-out knows how to play the game. And he loves playing it in a fiery manner, with a whole lot of energy. He is a very good baseball player, not just a scrappy one. He reminds people of David Eckstein.
  • Pedroia shows up real early to the clubhouse, then is the last guy to leave. He is a throwback who managers love to have on their team.
  • He realizes he is at a disadvantage when being watched by scouts, being only 5-foot-8. But Dustin also says if you do things right, you can succeed. He truly visualizes himself as a Major League baseball player.

    He has a superb work ethic and excellent sense of the game. He is hard-nosed, competitive and a true leader on a team. He is a blood-and-guts player who thrives on pressure and makes everyone around him better. His passion for the game is taking him a long way. And he plays the game the right way.

  • Before 2005 spring training, Baseball America rated Pedroia as #6 prospect in the Red Sox organization. And before 2006 spring camp opened, the magazine had moved Dustin up to 5th-best in the Boston farm system. And in the winter before 2007 spring training, B.A. had Pedroia back as 6th-best in the Red Sox farm minor league organization.
  • In 2005, Pedroia was named the Red Sox Minor League Player of the Year.
  • In January 2006, Dustin got engaged to Kelli, a Chicago native. That November they were married.
  • In 2006, Pedroia hit .305 (fifth in the IL) with 30 doubles and nearly twice as many walks (48) as strikeouts (27).
  • Dustin showed up at 2007 spring training in excellent shape. He always has worked hard and trained well, but along with that he improved his diet, and it showed.
  • Pat Murphy, Pedroia's former baseball coach at Arizona State, had a rather amusing slant on Dustin's surge to success in 2007:

    "Let's break it down—he's 5-foot-6, he can't run, he's not strong, his bat speed and his hands are tremendous because his arms are only about 11 inches long and so close to his body that he's not getting anything to hit five or six inches to the right or left of him, and he doesn't have a lick of athletic ability. Yet, he's a rookie of the year candidate," Murphy said.

  • In 2007, Pedroia was named the American League Rookie of the Year, in a landslide vote, easily topping Tampa Bay OF Delmon Young.

    Dustin had a horrible start to his rookie year, and the Fenway faithful were giving him hell for it. He couldn't make the short walk from Fenway Park to his apartment without some loudmouth busting him, and came home one night to find his wife, Kelli, crying on the phone to her mother, because of the things they were saying about her new husband on TV.

    "I thought to myself, 'This has got to change,' " Pedroia said. " 'I've got to do something.'"

    Then he went to a baseball card show in Medford, Mass. he thinks, but he's not certain. It was a cab ride, and sure enough, the cabbie had his radio tuned to the sports talk station, and everybody, it seemed, hosts and callers, were making sport of Pedroia.

    "Those guys were crushing me," he said. "I'm thinking, 'This is tough.'

    "I get to the signing, and this guy comes up to me with a baseball and says, 'Hey, I want you to sign Dustin Pedroia ROY '07.'"

    The acronym is shorthand for "Rookie of the Year." Pedroia was hitting about a buck eighty at the time.

    "I said, 'Dude, what are you, drunk? Get out of here, man,'" Pedroia said. "The guy says, 'No, I'm serious.'

    "I said, 'Hey, buddy, if I sign this and win Rookie of the Year, I want that ball.' He goes, 'No problem.'"

    Fast forward to August, and another card show.

    "The same guy shows up," Pedroia said. "He didn't want anything signed. He just showed me the ball. A really good guy. He had his little son with him, he had my jersey on, I'm thinking, 'This is pretty cool, this is what it's all about.'

    "Kelli was with me. I go, 'Honey, there's the guy. This guy's great.' I was going nuts. In April, when everybody was crushing me, there were people who still believed in me, and that's what made it special," Pedroia said. "He just said he loved the way I played, the way I take everything personal. He said he wasn't the most talented guy when he played—I got the whole high school story—but he said he really appreciates the way I play." (Gordon Edes-2/10/08)

  • Dustin is not always recognized for being a Major Leaguer. In fact, during the 2007 World Series, when the Red Sox were in Denver, the day before Game 3 of the World Series, and Pedroia is walking into the players' entrance at Coors Field for that day's workout.

    "I didn't see the security guy," Pedroia said. "It was like he was hiding behind a bush. He started yelling, 'Hey, hey, hey.'

    "I said, 'What?'

    "He said, 'Get out of here.'

    "I said, 'Dude, I play for the Red Sox.' He said, 'Let me see your ID.' I whip out my card. He goes, 'Anybody can make these.'

    "I go, 'Hey, dude, you got to calm down. I'm the guy leading off the World Series, hitting bombs. Chill out.' Everybody started laughing. I was so mad about it."

    Manager Terry Francona, who made Pedroia his regular cribbage partner all summer, tells a slightly different version of this story. He said that when Pedroia was asked to identify himself, he said, "Ask [expletive] Francis who I am. I'm the guy who hit a bomb off him."

    Pedroia concedes that yes, he did indeed refer to the home run he hit off Jeff Francis to lead off Game 1 of the World Series. "But I can't say that," he said. "You think I want people throwing at my head?" (Gordon Edes-Boston Globe-2/10/08)

  • During the offseason before 2008 spring training, Dustin and his wife Kelli, joined Arizona State baseball coach Tim Murphy and Willie Bloomquist of the Mariners, who was Pedroia's teammate at ASU, and went to Hawaii for five days. They went tuna and marlin fishing and had a blast.

  • Pedroia dances way to infamy: The Red Sox official website says that Pedroia did something unusual at one of  Mike Lowell's charity events. During part of the dance competition, Pedroia was shirtless.

    "Pedroia is a moron, and you can write that," quipped Francona. "He was dancing, he looked like a puppet on a string. It's funny, because he's such a little gamer. But he's looking over knowing that we're just crushing him. He's drinking Red Bull, he's exhausted, he's trying to do these things with this girl that he's not strong enough to do. It was hilarious."

  • You've no doubt heard the expression "Manny being Manny." Well, this is Pedie being Pedie. He's a little loudmouth punk. And in a clubhouse full of superstars, he's also the guy who energizes the defending champs—with a never-ending stream of smack.

    From a distance, you might take the second baseman seriously, think he's bragging on himself and tearing others down. That would be a mistake. "C'mon, I'm like 5'2" 115," Pedroia says. "And this game's tough. I try to bring a loose attitude and make sure everyone's having fun. Hang around our team long enough, and you'll see that most of the jokes are on me."

    Generously listed at 5'9", 180 pounds (he's closer to 5'8", 170), Pedroia looks a little impish wearing his cap pulled low and sporting a scruffy, on-again, off-again beard that never seems like more than an idea. Sitting on the dugout bench, he strikes a more subdued tone for the moment. "I know everyone at the major league level is really good," he says. "And I have respect for them. I just don't want it in my head, or anyone else's, that we can't get a hit off a guy, so I'm not one to be praising a pitcher. I'd rather everyone believe we'll hit the guy."

    It's a philosophy he developed at Arizona State. During Pedroia's sophomore year, coach Pat Murphy asked him about a pitcher's slider, and the kid responded, "It's so nasty!" Pedroia was already one of the Sun Devils' best hitters, so Murphy told him, "Never let your teammates hear you say anything like that."

    From that point on, the better a pitcher threw the ball, the more Pedroia said he sucked. Once, after ripping a leadoff single off Wichita State's Mike Pelfrey (now with the Mets), Pedroia shouted at the pitcher as he rounded first, "Ninety-eight coming in, 102 going out!"

    Adds hitting coach Dave Magadan: "His confidence radiates through our clubhouse. He never really gets down on himself, and he makes everyone feel so at ease. That's rare for a young player."

    The insults about the other team's ace? That's just his way of saying, Let's not be afraid of this guy. The proclamations that he's going to hit four ropes? Translation: If I can do it, then it should be easy for studs like you. (Murphy says Pedroia once wore a sleeveless shirt in college to show off his lack of biceps.) Challenging teammates to make-believe fistfights? Let's roll, boys. Whatever it takes. (Jeff Bradley-ESPN the Magazine-8/11/08)

  • In 2008, Pedroia was named the American League MVP. He became the first AL second baseman to win the award since Nellie Fox in 1959.

  • Dustin says former teammate Alex Cora was a huge influence on his baseball career.

    "Cora was a huge role model to me and taught me how to play the game at a big league level," Alex said.

  • In November 2008, Dustin's wife set the two of them up for a vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

  • August 18, 2009: Dustin's wife, Kelli, gave birth to their first child, a son, Dylan. And Dustin was with Kelli for the birth—but just barely, arriving 20 minutes before he popped out.

    He had trouble getting to the hospital. After being put on a 40-person plane to Boston—where he found Sox fans surprised at his presence and eager to talk baseball—Pedroia jumped in a cab to get to the hospital.

    "The cab driver wanted to talk about baseball and I’m like, ‘Dude, I will give you $100 to get me to Mass. General as fast as possible,'" Pedroia said. “So we probably were driving a little bit past the speed limit, but I think everyone understands.’

    And within 48 hours, Pedey was running around to teammates boasting that his son was a "badass."

  • June 13, 2014: Dustin and Kelli Pedroia welcomed their third son, Brooks.

  • During the winter before 2010 spring training, Pedroia said he and his family vacationed in the British Virgin Islands with Dodger outfielder Andre Ethier, a close friend, and his family, renting a villa for about 10 days. Finally, a place far from Sox fans?

    "I walked into a little grocery store, and the clerk was wearing a Red Sox shirt," Pedroia said. “He freaked out. Unbelievable."

  • Dustin had a rough 2009:

    —His father, Guy, received death threats at the family's tire store after an interview his son gave in which he was quoted as saying his hometown was "a dump."

    —His wife, Kelli, was in and out of the hospital because of complications with her first pregnancy, relief not coming to the anxious couple until their son, Dylan, was born healthy in August 2009.

    —His older brother went to prison for a sex crime, and almost without fail, the papers identified the perpetrator as "Dustin Pedroia's brother." Brett Pedroia had played baseball, too, a catcher who made it as far as Shasta Junior College despite shattering an ankle in high school. He helped run Valley Tire with Guy and Debbie Pedroia until he was arrested and convicted six months later of committing a sexual act with a child several years before.

    There had been troubling signs earlier. In 2005, Guy had had his son arrested for allegedly making threats to his parents.

    Brett Pedroia's defense attorney, Steven Sabbadini, contended that Brett had a severe addiction to methamphetamines. Brett said he'd begun using while still at college, leading to a downward spiral that left him homeless at one point. He said he used drugs with the victim's mother and was strung out on meth when he committed the act for which he was convicted.

    Brett was sentenced to a year in jail and eight years' probation. Dustin was left to deal with the fallout. (Gordon Edes-ESPNBoston.com-3/08/10)

  • Dustin's wife, Kelly, delivered their second son, Cole, on September 13, 2012.

  • Pedey embodies baseball the way our inner child imagines it.

    "I  really don't do anything except play baseball and go home and do whatever my son wants to do," Pedroia said. "Off the field I'm normal. On the field? I'm kind of a maniac."

    "I love that little [guy]," says White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "It looks like he escaped from Cirque du Soleil and they put a uniform on him."

    "How much he believes in himself is vital to who he is," Epstein said. "He talks more s--- than anybody in the league, and no one takes it the wrong way."

    Says Francona, "I have never met anybody like him. Not Pete Rose, not anybody. That kid is everything about baseball wrapped up in that little f------ body."

  • Dustin doesn't drink. He has no hobbies. He never shuts up. He has two nicknames that are printable and hates them both. (A third nickname, bestowed by his manager and comic foil, Terry [Tito] Francona, is not printable.) He swings as if his life depends on it.

    Teammate David Ortiz says, "I don't think there was a player born before him and I don't think there will be a player born after him that cares about baseball more than Dustin Pedroia."

  • In 2011, Pedroia got a new nickname, "Muddy  Chicken," for his nose-in-the-dirt style play. And after the all-star break, his teammates had T-shirts to commemorate it.

    First, Darnell McDonald referred to Pedroia as Laser Show. "I don't want to be called that anymore," Pedroia said.

    McDonald, a bit perplexed, replied, "Well, what do you want to be called?"

    "I don't know, I ... " Pedroia paused and looked around the room. He saw Ortiz hunched over a plate of chicken smothered in a sauce.

    "David was eating this chicken from the Dominican Republic," Pedroia said. "I don't know who he got it from. But it was [bleeping] disgusting. So I said, 'I want to be called that.'"

    "What is that?" McDonald said.

    "[Bleeping] Muddy Chicken," Pedroia said.

    "They started laughing, so they started calling me that," he said. "And it was a 16-inning game, and I think there were some cocktails involved in some people's interviews. That's basically it. And then we got back home and, thanks to New Balance, there are boxes of Muddy Chicken T-shirts. I'm like, What's wrong with you guys?"

  • "Comfort can be found in the measureables," said agent Seth Levinson. "However, greatness lies in the immeasurables. Character and the unique and extraordinary ability to unify and lead a team to heights that most thought were not possible cannot be measured. Heart and the unbridled passion and drive to win cannot be measured. Dustin's value far transcends his statistics, and he is the epitome of the player who embodies all of the immeasureables that are necessary to win."

  • In an interview, Pedroia criticized his home town of Woodland, California, calling it a "dump" and a city which never embraced him. This generated backlash from his hometown and his family received death threats. Pedroia later clarified his comments saying he was only joking and his comments were taken out of context.

  • He may be small in stature, but as we all know, Pedroia is huge on toughness. In the first game of 2013, Pedroia tore a UCL ligament in his left thumb, an injury that would require surgery. So what did Pedroia do? He agreed to have surgery … after the season ends.

    Yes, Dustin Pedroia has played 157 games for the Boston Red Sox this season with a tear in his thumb, and he will continue to play into the playoffs. This isn’t the first time Pedroia has played through significant hand injuries.

    During his rookie campaign in 2007, Pedroia played nearly two months with a fracture of the hamate bone in his left hand. That season ultimately ended with a World Series title followed by offseason surgery to repair the damage to that bone. Last season, despite the team having a terrible record, Pedroia played a decent number of games despite a torn finger ligament and broken finger that, yes, required offseason surgery.

    Now one can say Pedroia is injury-prone, but you can also say he is the pound-for-pound toughest guy in baseball.

  • October 14: 2013:  Pedroia's teammates continue to marvel at his non-stop engine, his tireless desire to win baseball games by any means necessary. "It's pretty crazy how he has no switch," starter Jon Lester said. "It's the same gig over and over and over for the whole season. It doesn't matter if it's Day 1 of spring or Game 7 of the World Series. You're going to get the same guy. I think that's what makes him so special. That's what kind of sets him apart in this clubhouse as the guy we look to. That never changes, never wavers.

    "He's always got his finger on the game somehow. He's always finding a way to help the team, whether it's on defense or offense. He's always contributing to help us win."

  • In 2014, Pedroia was inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame.

  • WAR Report: For the four years, 2011 through 2014, Pedroia had a WAR of 7.9 in 2011 (second-best among all MLB 2nd basemen); 5.1 in 2012, again, second-best; 6.6 WAR in 2013, 2nd best among MLB keystoners for the third year in a row, and a still-outstanding 4.8, 7th best among MLB second sackers in 2014.

  • 2015 Spring Training:Young athletes often dream of growing up to become their sports idols. One teenage girl is taking that inspiration seriously.

    She switched sports and is competing with boys—all because of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

    Sydney Dore is 14 years old. She’s about 5-foot-3 with blond hair, blue eyes and a big smile that’s lined with shiny braces. She’s down here for spring training. Standing near the Sox dugout at Jet Blue Park, she held a sign:

    This GIRL plays JV high school BASEball because Dustin Pedroia said, “Tell us what we can’t do. Tell us what we can’t be. One of us is gonna be right.” I did and I am, so … “Go ahead. I’ve never heard it before. Tell me.”  (Doug Tribou - 3/20/2015)

  • For Jeff Evans, the assistant director of baseball information for theSeattle Mariners, isn't exaggerating when he references day one. In 2002, he was 22 years old and beginning his second season as sports information director at Arizona State, where the Sun Devils were awaiting the arrival of their newest recruit.

    "He shows up before school starts in August, and it's, like, 100 degrees in Tempe," Evans said. "We're out at the batting cage, I'm meeting some of the new freshmen, and he comes around the corner.

    "I was kind of looking out for him. This little guy comes around the corner in this orange, cutoff T-shirt that he'd taken some scissors to, receding hairline, he's tiny. I look at Graham Rossini, our director of baseball operations, and I say, 'That's Pedroia?'"

    The new recruit dispensed with formal introductions. "He comes over and says, 'Hey, man. I'm Dustin,'" said Evans, who then mimics what Pedroia did next, slapping his biceps. "He said, 'How do you like these guns?' And I looked at Graham and said, 'Wow this is going to be a fun three years.'

    "He just took off," Evans said, pulling out a photo that shows an 18-year-old Pedroia looking so young, some movie theaters would have balked at letting him into a PG-13 flick. "He takes this gigantic hack with an aluminum bat, he's choking up, but everything he hit was a line drive. Three hits one day, two hits the next."

    Laser show? Evans laughs. Pedroia didn't wait until he got to the big leagues before he came up with a name for the exhibitions he put on at the plate.

    "He'd come in and say, 'Laser show today, laser show today, I'm going to hit bombs today,' then he'd go out and do it," Evans said. "That's the way he carried himself, and it didn't stop. I remember him just talking about wearing pitchers out, 'Yeah, I got him.' He never met a pitcher he didn't think he could hit.

    "No fear," Evans continued. "Dustin's leading off the game against Jered Weaver, best pitcher in the country. First pitch of the game, he lines a ball to third base about as hard as you can hit a ball. He didn't even get out of the batter's box.

    "On his way back to the dugout, he's yelling, 'We'll be here all day,' right at Weaver." (Gordon Edes - ESPN Boston - 5/20/15)

  • More from Jeff Evans, former SID at Arizona State, now with the Mariners, via Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston:

    As the Sports Information Director, Evans got to know Pedroia's family. Guy Pedroia and Debbie owned a thriving tire shop back home in Woodland, California, and they were regulars at ASU games.

    "They went everywhere," Evans said. "Hilo, Hawaii, Wichita, everywhere."

    Evans doubled as official scorer, and admits there were times he feared Debbie's wrath. "She'd look up at the press box and give me a look," he said.

    Being around Guy and Debbie, Evans said, gave him a pretty good idea why Pedroia was so driven. Debbie's brother, Phil Snow, was defensive coordinator for the ASU football team and conveyed to baseball coach Murphy that he should recruit his nephew.

    "Dustin's DNA is so unique," Evans said. "Then you meet his parents, it kind of starts to make sense. Debbie is a firecracker. She was a college tennis player. You meet her, and she's this tiny, bubbly, energy-driven, life-of-the-party lady.

    "Guy is more level, probably along for the ride, but Debbie was a firecracker, that's the best way I can describe her. Dustin was a good mix of the two."

    Even back when he was at ASU, there was no place Pedroia preferred to be than the ballpark. He would come in the morning, watch some film, then go to class. Come back after class, watch some more film, go to another class, then come back for practice. And chances were pretty high, Evans said, that even when Pedroia was in class, he had a scouting report secreted in his textbook.

    "The way he acted off the field was so special, so unique," Evans said, "and he hasn't changed. You see players change—when they get the money, play in All-Star games—but he hasn't changed one bit. There he is playing dominoes with Napoli. (in the Red Sox clubhouse)."

    And on the field? "The fist-pumping, the dirty uniform, insert a game from 2003 and 2004, it's the same thing. Same plays, same demeanor. When he was at ASU, we all fed off him. Pat Murphy fed off him. The players. Even the SID. He's A-number-one in my book." (Gordon Edes - ESPN Boston - 5/20/15)

  • When the Red Sox are at home, Dustin Pedroia arrives at Fenway Park some 5½ or six hours before a game, and when they are on the road, he gets to the clubhouse even earlier than that. Part of the reason, Boston manager John Farrell says, is that Pedroia hates being alone in his hotel room.

    Pedroia said, "I'm not a cool guy to hang with, by myself. What am I going to talk about with myself?" (Buster Olney - 5/09/16)


    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2004: The Red Sox drafted him in the second round, out of Arizona State. Dustin signed for a bonus of $575,000. Dan Madsen was the scout who signed him.

  • December 3, 2008: Dustin signed a six-year, $40.5 million contract with the Red Sox. Included in the deal is a seventh-year club option worth $11 million. Interestingly, that option would be waived if Pedroia is traded at any time during the contract.

    By signing the contract, Pedroia gave up two potential years of free agency, which would have started in 2013.

    The deal also included a $1.5 million signing bonus. Pedroia will earn $1.5 million in 2009, followed by $3.5 million in 2010, $5.5 million in 2011, $8 million in 2012, $10 million in 2013, and $10 million in 2014.

  • July 24, 2013: The Red Sox and Pedroia agree on a contract extension that will keep him in Boston through 2021. The extension was for seven years, starting in 2015, and $110 million. 

Batting
  • Pedroia's swing is not textbook. He has an unconventional approach. He has an open stance and cheats sometimes on fastball in. But he manages to keep the bat head in the strike zone a long time, making hard contact.

    He is a pesky hitter with a big swing. But he is a tough out, mostly because of superior hand-eye coordination. He makes excellent contact, slapping the ball through and over the infield. And he hits some home runs—even 400-foot shots. But with his bat handling ability, he is a solid #2 hitter in a lineup.

  • A few have said Pedroia's swing is too long. But it isn't.

    "You look at my swing closely and you'll see, while it may be violent, it's very short to the ball," Dustin explained.

    As Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan said, "Pedroia has a way of manipulating the bat and getting it to the baseball quickly. He hits as many balls on the sweet spot as any hitter in the league."

  • "He brings a lot of quality things to your team," Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson said back in 2006. "He puts the ball in play and he's not afraid to hit from behind in the count. He can move a runner, he can drive in a runner, and he gives you positive energy playing both sides of the infield."
  • Dustin has good strike zone judgment—exceptional hand-eye coordination. It is perhaps the best hand-eye coordination in the game! So he makes contact on most every pitch he swings at—even when he swings from the heels.

    He is a tough out at the plate because of his solid approach at bat—he is a very selective hitter. He takes every at-bat very seriously. He hits a lot of extra-base hits for a guy who rarely strikes out. That is because he has an innate ability to center the bat head on the ball, even when he swings from his heels!

    For his three minor league seasons, Pedroia had 125 walks versus 77 strikeouts. He almost always puts the ball in play, making even his outs valuable.

    During the 2007 season, Pedroia took the first pitch 84.8 percent of the time.

  • In 2007, his rookie year, Dustin finished the season with a .3173 batting average, including 165 hits. That's the highest average for a qualifying rookie second baseman, nudging Pittsburgh's Jim Viox, who hit .3171 in 1913.

  • In 2008, Dustin tied with Mariners great Ichiro Suzuki for the most hits in the American League, with 213.
  • In 2009, Pedroia was the toughest player to strike out in the Major Leaguesonce every 13.9 at-bats.

  • Aug 27, 2016: The streak of excellence by Dustin Pedroia over the last three days was nearly historic, and the Red Sox couldn't help but get a little caught up in the excitement. When Pedroia stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning of the 8-3 victory over the Royals, he had belted hits in 11 straight at-bats and reached base in 12 straight plate appearances.

    With one more hit, he would have tied Boston's Pinky Higgins, (1938), Detroit's Walt Dropo (1952) and the Cubs' Johnny Kling (1902) as the only players in history to have hits in 12 straight at-bats. But Pedroia hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

    "That's probably one of the coolest things you're going to experience," Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts said. "Obviously, he's such a great teammate as he is and a great player also, and it was awesome to see him go through that."

    Of course, Pedroia wouldn't be who he is if he got caught up in it."

    We're trying to win games," Pedroia said. "It's late in the year, and we're a game out of first place. I don't really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We're trying to win as a team. It's a crazy game. We've faced some pretty good pitchers. It's just one of those things. You're locked in. The guys I've faced, those guys are really tough, so you just have hot streaks."

    When Pedroia came up in the eighth, everyone in the home dugout was engaged in the moment.

    "It was fun," Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts said. "It was definitely fun to watch that. We were all locked in every time he came to the plate, and he was locked in, too. It was definitely fun to be part of something like that. "It was like one of those things, like a pitcher having a perfect game type of thing. Everybody knows it, but nobody says anything. Everybody knew, but we didn't say anything. We definitely enjoyed it." (I Browne - MLB.com - Aug 28, 2016)

  • September 30, 2016:  Dustin was the spark plug in a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays, going 3-for-5 and picking up his first 200-hit season since 2008, when he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award.  

    In true Pedroia fashion, his response about reaching the milestone was understated.

    "It is tough to do. It's a lot of hits. I'm pretty proud of it," said Pedroia.  

    Recording 213 hits in '08, he's just the fifth Red Sox hitter to reach the feat in multiple seasons. He joins Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Johnny Pesky and Mo Vaughn.  (Roberts - MLB.com)

  • As of the start of the 2017 season, Pedroia's career Major League stats were: .301 batting average, 133 homers and 1,683 hits with 662 RBI's in 5,594 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Pedroia has great hands and excellent instincts for all aspects of the game. He consistently makes the plays.

    However, his arm strength and range are just a bit below-average. But he handles everything he gets to because of excellent hands and knows exactly what to do with the ball when he gets it. Dustin doesn't have the range to be a regular there in the majors. His sure hands and strong arm play better at second base.

  • Dustin is sure-handed and anticipates plays extremely well. His fundamental skills at shortstop are very impressive.
  • In 2005 spring training, the Red Sox had Pedroia at second base, a place he'd been only about 10 times in his life—all during his freshman year at Arizona State. This was in preparation to allow super-prospect Hanley Ramirez to play shortstop at Portland (EL), with Dustin the second baseman for the Sea Dogs.

    Pedroia wecomed the change, saying, "I'm grateful for how this organization took a chance on me taking me with their first pick," he said. "It makes it even more exciting going to the park every day when you're learning a new position. Hanley is an unbelievable player. I look forward to learning some things from him and hopefully he can learn something from me." (Chris Snow-3/22/05)

  • When Pedroia was at Arizona State, he used a raggedy old glove he called the Season of the Witch. And his college coach, Pat Murphy, says that Dustin used to sleep with it.

    It was a Zett mitt, which he'd used forever. The laces were going everywhere, and it was falling apart. It smelled. And Pedroia remembers it. He uses a Wilson A2000 now, but his glove is modeled very much like The Witch.

    "Oh man, I used that glove, like, since I was 10 years old until my first pro ballgame," Pedroia said. "My first game in the pros [Augusta], it broke. The leather was shot. I was a little nervous.

    "This year (2015), I'm using a new glove, but I used the last one for eight years. I don't go through too many gloves." (Gordon Edes - ESPN Boston - 5/20/15)

  • Dustin positions himself well. He reads the ball off the bat better than most middle infielders. His instincts and makeup are excellent. And he has good quickness.

    GOLD GLOVER

  • In 2008, Pedroia won his first Rawlings Gold Glove.
  • In 2011, he was awarded his second Gold Glove.

  • In 2013, Dustin was the Rawlings Gold Glove recipient for the third time.

  • In 2013, Wilson named Dustin the American League's Defensive Player of the Year. His .993 fielding percentage was the best of his career.

  • In 2014, Pedroia was named the best second baseman in baseball, winning the annual Fielding Bible award.

  • In 2014, Pedroia won his fourth Gold Glove award.

Running
  • Dustin is a very good runner. His instincts on the bases are superb.
  • And he steals bases even though he probably doesn't have quite average speed. He knows the pitcher's moves and is a very intelligent. (Editor's note: As of 2015, he pretty much does not steal bases at all anymore.)
Career Injury Report
  • 2002: While playing for Team USA he broke a bone around his eye during a tournament in Holland.

  • 2005: Pedroia had an injured wrist midway through the season that slowed down his bat for a few weeks.

  • 2006: Dustin suffered a subluxation—a temporary, partial dislocation—of his shoulder on his first swing in his first spring training game. The only treatment was rest and rehab, and as a result Pedroia missed the rest of spring training. He spent the first two weeks of the season getting in baseball shape in extended spring training and did not join the PawSox until mid April.

  • 2007: Pedroia played the final two months of the season with a cracked hamate bone in his left hand. Dustin says he didn't know when the injury occurred, only that an MRI and bone scan on Sept. 10 revealed the break. He had the hamate bone removed on November 6, 2007.

    The rookie second baseman played in 30 games after the injury was discovered—16 in the regular season and 14 in the playoffs—while missing only a Sept. 23 road contest against the Rays. Pedroia went 34-for-124 during that stretch, nevertheless playing a critical role in the Red Sox's late October offensive resurgence.

    Press reports have compared Pedroia's performance through his injury with Curt Schilling's famed 2004 bloody-sock heroics. The most significant difference between the two, of course, is that virtually no one who wasn't affiliated with the Red Sox knew about Pedroia's injury while he was driving in 10 RBIs in 14 postseason games.

    "Some days, I would wake up, and it would be hard to grip a bat," Pedroia revealed to The Herald. "I changed my grip a little bit on the bat and went from there. It was just one of those things, you know, you have to take care of after the season, but you have to play through [it]. A lot of guys have done that."

    The hamate, a wedge-shaped bone found near the far side of the wrist of each hand, is particularly vulnerable to injuries among hitters.

  • March 13, 2009: Pedroia had to leave the World Baseball Classic with a strained muscle on his left side, but the injury wasn't considered serious.

  • June 26-August 17, 2010: Dustin was on the D.L. with a nondisplaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot. The navicular bone is a bone at the top of the midfoot. Friday night, Pedroia fouled a ball off his foot in the third inning, remained in the game for one pitch—he drew a walk from Giants P Jonathan Sanchez, but was removed when he could only hobble down to first base.

    August 20, 2010: Pedroia was back on the D.L. after playing only two games, due to soreness in his fractured left foot.

    September 3, 2010: Dustin had surgery on his left foot. He had a screw inserted into his foot to promote healing. Pedroia suffered a fracture to his navicular bone when he fouled a ball off his foot on June 25 in San Francisco.

  • May 29, 2012: Pedroia was diagnosed with a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb following an MRI, and the Red Sox hoped a brace can keep the second baseman from a potential month-long trip to the disabled list.

    "All my ligaments and tendons, that's all fine," said Pedroia. "It's just a muscle—your only muscle in your thumb. I've just got to wait for it to calm down a little and see if I can hit with a splint on it or a brace or something and go from there."

  • July 4-19, 2012: Pedroia was on the D.L. with a jammed right thumb. He originally suffered a partially torn adductor muscle in the thumb and missed six games before returning June 5. He reinjured the thumb after popping up an inside pitch June 19 against the Marlins, but only missed one game.

    Dustin said the injury is in a different area from the previous two, specifically on the back side of the thumb.

    "Pedroia hyperextended his right thumb on July 3, 2012," the Red Sox said in a statement. "He was examined by the Red Sox medical staff and an MRI was performed. Dustin sustained an injury to the volar plate of his right thumb. Dustin will be treated conservatively with a brief period of immobilization. The previous injury to his right thumb adductor muscle has completely healed. This was confirmed by MRI."

  • October 1, 2012: An X-ray on his left ring finger revealed an avulsion fracture, an injury that would heal on its own. Pedroia suffered the injury while getting caught stealing the day before in Baltimore. So he missed the last three games of the season.

  • November 13, 2013: Dustin underwent surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, an injury he suffered diving into first base on Opening Day.

    Pedroia played 160 regular-season games and all 16 playoff games with the injured thumb.

  • September 11, 2014: Pedroia underwent surgery for the soreness in his left hand and wrist that has been an issue much of the season. It was performed by Dr. Matthew Leibman, the team's hand and wrist surgeon. He was out for the rest of the season.

    The procedure was called a "first dorsal compartment release and a tenosynovectomy of his left wrist."

    "The tendon that was repaired, there was some scar tissue that had built up in there," Red Sox Manager John Farrell said. "There was also some inflammation. So to me, it sounds like there was some release of that tendon. How they did that procedure, I'm not sure of. But it created more range of motion and instant relief.

    "It was a tendon release. The one that was restricting his motion was the one that was addressed."

  • June 25, 2015: Pedroia was on the D.L. with a strained right hamstring.

    July 25-September 8, 2015: Pedroia was on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury, again.

  • October 13, 2016: Pedroia underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

  • May 30-June 9, 2017: The Boston Red Sox  placed Pedroia on the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain.

    July 29-Aug 8, 2017: Dustin was on the DL with left knee inflammation.

    August 9, 2017: Pedi went right back on the DL with the left knee problems.