Pedroia was named to the American League All-Star team in 2009. Pedroia, on the other hand, had to leave the squad to be with his wife, Kelli, who was having pregnancy issues with the couple's first child. He had missed a regular-season game before to the All-Star break due to the same ailment. Kelli gave birth to a son, Wyatt, that summer.
In 2010, Pedroia again did not make the All-Star team. This time around, he did not even receive a vote from the managers of the various leagues that compose the All-Star Game selection process.
Dustin Pedroia is one of the most valuable players in baseball without a doubt. He has three straight years with more than 100 RBI and has hit over.300 each season since 2007. The Boston Red Sox third baseman has been awarded the MVP award each year since 2008 when they won the World Series.
Pedroia was not selected as an All-Star because of his lack of popularity among fans. The player himself does not want to go to the All-Star Game either. In fact, he has said multiple times that he would rather sit out all-star games than play in them just like Mike Lowell did in 2009.
Popularity voting determines the rosters for the All-Star Game. There are two ways to vote online.
In 2007, he became a full-time player and won the AL Rookie of the Year Award. In 2007, and 2013, he was a part of the Red Sox World Series victory teams. Pedroia was the final member of the 2007 World Series team to depart from the club. His useful playing time was cut short by a knee injury late in the 2017 season. He underwent surgery on October 16, and is expected to be out for six months.
Pedroia made his major league debut on April 7, 2004. He had two hits in that game against Toronto. The Red Sox would go on to win it 11-5.
In his rookie season, Pedroia played all over the field but was most often used as a second baseman. He finished the year with 92 RBI's and a.284 average. In 2005, Pedroia started at third base but also played some second and shortstop. He had another good season finishing with 103 RBI's and a.292 average.
In 2006, Pedroia started the season at third but was later moved to second where he stayed until he got hurt. He returned in August and ended up winning the American League MVP Award. In 2007, Pedroia became a full-time player and continued to have success. He finished the season with 146 hits, 102 RBI's, and a.297 average. In 2008, Pedroia started the season strong but soon suffered a hand injury that required surgery. He missed about three months of the season.
Dustin Pedroia hasn't played a full season in a long time. Since his injury in 2017, he's appeared in just nine games for the Red Sox in the last two years. After suffering another setback in January, he was already declared out for the whole 2020 season. However, the 33-year-old third baseman said recently that he wants to continue playing beyond this year.
Pedroia has been one of the best hitters on the Red Sox for many years now. He's one of only four players in MLB history with at least 300 homers and 3000 RBIs (along with Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, and Hank Aaron). The Red Sox have announced they'll retire his number 27 later this year.
In 2019, Pedroia had an OPS of.929 with 31 homers and 102 RBIs in 99 games. He remained one of the most productive hitters in baseball during his second stint with the Red Sox. In 2018, his first season back after the 2017 injury, he had an OPS of 1.022 with 39 homers and 105 RBIs in 459 games. He finished fifth in the MVP voting that year.
After spending six seasons with Boston, including five as captain, in 2015, Pedroia signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, he ended up returning to the Red Sox before the 2016 season after they traded for him.
Pedroia, a four-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner, played all 14 of his big league seasons with the Red Sox, where he won three World Series championships. Pedroia received the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2007, the AL Most Valuable Player Award in 2008, and the Heart and Hustle Award from the MLB Players Alumni Association in 2013. He is one of only eight players to win the MVP Award in both the American League and National League (the others are Ted Williams, Mel Ott, Carl Yastrzemski, Richie Ashburn, Joe DiMaggio, and Stan Musial).
During his career, Pedroia has been awarded $4 million by the Boston Red Sox. The contract includes performance bonuses that could bring the total amount to as much as $20 million if he reaches certain awards during the length of the contract. In addition, Pedroia is scheduled to receive $1 million this year and $5 million each year for the next three years as part of his contract with Boston when he becomes a free agent after the 2017 season.
In 2014, shortly before the start of the season, Pedroia signed an extension with the Red Sox through 2019 with a potential option for 2020 or 2021 at a salary of $110 million. The deal also includes $15 million in guaranteed money with another $10 million available based on games played. In addition, Pedroia will earn up to $3 million in bonuses for reaching 100 RBIs, 150 RBIs, and five home runs in 2015.
Pedroia, who hobbled off the field and exited the game, got a chance to see the video but refused to register his displeasure. Dustin Pedroia, left, was not in the starting lineup for the Boston Red Sox on Saturday after getting spiked by Manny Machado, right, in the Baltimore Orioles' 2-0 series-opening victory Friday night. Matt Hazlett/Getty Images
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said before the game that it was "hard to say" if Pedroia would be out for the series. But with runners on first and second in the ninth inning, Cora pulled him from the game and replaced him with rookie Brock Holt. The move paid off as Holt hit a two-run double to give the Red Sox a 3-2 win.
In four games this season against the Orioles, Pedroia is batting.500 (20 for 40) with three homers and 10 RBIs. He was slated to play center field in Saturday's game but was replaced by Jackie Bradley Jr. after one at-bat when he walked. Pedrioa has never been ejected from a game in his career.
The Red Sox announced after the game that Pedroia had suffered a sprain of the big toe on his left foot and would miss at least three weeks. It's the third major injury for Pedroia this year, as he missed 38 games in April because of a torn ACL in his left knee.