Your 2007 AL Rookie of the Year: Dustin Pedroia

He’s only 5′ 9″, but hit .317 with 39 doubles to lead all rookies in those categories. That batting average was a major league record for rookie second basemen. He was second in rookie OBP at .380, and third in runs with 86. Had he avoided that putrid April, there’s no telling what he could have accomplished. Not only that, but Pedroia was rock-solid at second base with a .990 fielding percentage. Everyone remembers the play that saved Clay’s no-hitter and a handful of other great plays at second. He had two home runs in the postseason, helping to clinch the Cleveland series and start off the World Series with a bang. Oh, and did I mention that Dustin Pedroia has been playing since September 10 with a cracked (and often painful) hamate bone in his left wrist? Pedroia has written himself into Red Sox history with a superb rookie season.

I don’t tend to put a lot of stock in these post-season awards; but it wasn’t hard for the Red Sox rookie to garner the overwhelming majority of the vote. Pedroia got 24 of 28 first place votes, winning the award in a landslide. Delmon Young and Brian Bannister didn’t have to perform in the limelight of Fenway Park, and endure a month of people calling for them to be benched or sent to the minors. And they didn’t have the pressure of a pennant race that got awfully close by the end.

Congratulations, Pedey. Looks like the voters got it right this time.

BTW, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima also showed up 4th and 6th in the voting. Nice crop of rookie talent, eh?


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