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Dustin Pedroia

Career Stats: .301/.366/.445, 133 HR, 662 RBI, 134 SB, 46.2 WAR
With Red Sox: Played entire career in Boston

It’s fair to say that Dustin Pedroia has been the heart and soul for the Boston Red Sox ever since he won the Rookie of the Year Award back in 2007. Since the moment he made an incredible diving stop to preserve Clay Buchholz’s no-hitter, we learned that Pedroia was going to be a special player.

He went on to win the 2008 American League MVP Award, and has also won four Gold Gloves in his career, making him the first Red Sox infielder to achieve that feat. Pedroia has been a sensational player for quite some time, but his performance on the field hasn’t been the only contribution to the team.

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The second baseman hurt his finger on Opening Day in 2013, but played for more than 150 games when the team needed him the most and ended up being a pivotal player during the championship run.

He has also been an outspoken player when the team is going through rough patches. During the whole Bobby Valentine saga, Pedroia was one of the few players who stood up for the team and confronted the ex-manager. When Valentine made some comments regarding Kevin Youkilis’ style of play, the second baseman was the first one to stand up for his teammate and defend him publicly.

Pedroia bounced back in 2016 from a couple of injury plagued seasons to prove he remains among the elite at his position. We can count on him remaining a vital part of the Red Sox for several more years to come, where he will only add to his already impressive resume.

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