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Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia announces retirement after 17 years

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BOSTON (WPRI) — Red Sox second baseman and fan favorite Dustin Pedroia announced his retirement on Monday.

Pedroia, 37, spent all 17 years of his professional career in Boston after being selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2004 draft.

He is a three-time World Series champion and was named American League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and Most Valuable Player in 2008.

“Through championships and injuries, Dustin’s disciplined approach never wavered,” Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy said. “His work ethic is incomparable, and we saw him attack his rehab during the last chapter of his career with the same intensity he approached the batter’s box in his prime.”

“I know hanging up his spikes is not an easy decision for a competitor of his caliber,” Kennedy continued. “We are fortunate to have had him in a Red Sox uniform for so long and look forward to welcoming him back to Fenway Park to celebrate his career.”

Pedroia earned four All-Star selections, four Gold Glove Awards, a 2008 Silver Slugger Award, and was also the only second baseman ever named Red Sox MVP by the Boston Baseball Writers. In 2021, he was named the starting second baseman on the All-Fenway team.

“Arguably the best second baseman to wear a Sox uniform,” former manager John Farrell stated. “From the first day of spring training to the final out of each season his competitiveness and determination were an example to all. Any conversation about the greatest players in Red Sox history has to include Dustin Pedroia.”

Pedroia’s 1,506 games played rank 11th all-time for the club and are second among second basemen. He played in 14 major league seasons from 2006-19, tied for seventh most in franchise history.

“He was the ultimate team player,” former manager Terry Francona said. “He always seemed to save his very best plays for the most important time of the game. He seemed to will himself at times to lead us to victory. It is impossible to spend any amount of time with him and not become close to him. He just has that type of personality.”

In 2014, he launched Pedroia’s Platoon as a way to invite military members to Fenway Park during homestands, meet with them before games and provide them tickets to his seats. He has also been involved in countless events with the Jimmy Fund, met with several children as part of the Make-A-Wish program, and been a regular participant in events that benefit the Red Sox Foundation.

The Red Sox are expected to make Pedroia available to the media later on Monday.

Below are statements released by his former teammates:

“Dustin is a great teammate that brings it every day, day in and day out. Not only great talent and an MVP-type player, he brought heart, soul, and hustle to all the teams that he played on. As a competitor, no one stands quite as tall as Pedroia. He may be short in stature, but tall in presence. He not only worked his way to the player that he is, but had a heart of a lion to get it done. Dustin Pedroia truly exemplifies what it means to wear the uniform of the Boston Red Sox. He is a true Red Sox and always will be.”

Jason Varitek, Red Sox catcher, 1997-2011

“I can say so much about Dustin. It got to the point while I played that I asked myself one day, who would be a player that you would buy a ticket to see, because it was worth it to watch him play for nine innings. And my answer was Dustin Pedroia. He played with a little chip on his shoulder. He basically had the F-U type of mentality whenever he took the field. I got to the point where I worried so much about him, the way he hustled, the way he played hard, his discipline. He was committed to do well for his team and his teammates. His commitment was extraordinary. I used to watch the little guy and ask that question to myself because he was that type of guy. I really appreciate the fact that I was able to play and have a teammate like Dustin because I learned so much from him. The one thing I learned for sure was that this was not about size. This was about heart. He was the whole package. I’m happy, thankful, grateful and proud that I was able to have a teammate like him because he was a guy who motivated me to do well. Happy retirement buddy. Love you man.”

David Ortiz, Red Sox designated hitter, 2003-16

“From the first day we shared the field until today, the love, passion and enthusiasm for the game has not changed. It has been a pleasure to watch you grow as a player, teammate, husband and father. You have impacted our organization like few others and I live proud of you.”

Alex Cora, Red Sox infielder, 2005-08

“Dustin is the most inspiring person and player I have ever been around. He makes everyone around him a better player and person. He is a first ballot Hall of Famer! I am lucky to call him a friend, and to have played with him and win a world championship with him. He is an amazing husband, father, son, friend, and athlete. Diamonds are forever and so is Dustin Pedroia.”

Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox pitcher, 2005-11

“From the first day I met Pedey, I was impressed with the love he had for the game of baseball, the competitive fire to always go out and give 100%, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. The Red Sox found a gem at second base and he proved his worth year after year. I enjoyed most our card games on team flights and just talking baseball. Congrats on a standout career and all the best in this next chapter of your life.”

Mike Lowell, Red Sox third baseman, 2006-10

“Best teammate, person, competitor and friend I ever had the privilege to see and play with!!”

Jon Lester, Red Sox pitcher, 2006-14

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