Dustin Pedroia, AL MVP!!!

Oh. My. Goodness. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is the proud winner of the AL MVP Award. He walked off with the trophy, garnering 16 first-place votes and 317 total points. While he was left off of one ballot altogether, he was widely recognized by the voting sportswriters for his skills, his heart and his numbers. Finishing second was Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, with 7 first-place votes, and fellow Red Sox Kevin Youkilis finished third. Looks like Boston’s unexpected push deep into the playoffs changed some minds out there.

I have to eat my words a little bit, as I didn’t think this was possible for Pedey. Congratulations, you’ve definitely earned it. In a season when the Red Sox had only half a David Ortiz and half a Manny Ramirez in the lineup, Pedroia was one of the players who stepped up to a whole other level. He played in 157 of the Sox’ 162 games and turned in quality at-bat after quality at-bat, along with plus defense that earned him his first Gold Glove. Not bad for a shortstop who converted to second base in the Majors. When the Sox were REALLY in a pinch with injuries to the big bats, he even batted cleanup and went 12-18 with 7 RBI in 4 starts there.

Looks like Pedey is at the start of a long and productive Major League career, and everyone who’s ever doubted him can just eat it.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: