Boston Red Sox Legend Dustin Pedroia Retires from MLB at 37: 'Forever Grateful'
"Dustin is so much more than his American League Most Valuable Player award, his All-Star Game selections, and the Gold Gloves he amassed throughout his impressive 17-year career in our organization," Red Sox owner John Henry said
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is hanging up his cleats after a storied career in the MLB.
The 37-year-old announced his retirement on Monday, following an impressive career that saw him earn three World Series rings with the Red Sox. Pedroia's decision to step away from baseball comes after he experienced a debilitating knee injury in 2017, ESPN reported.
While he underwent multiple operations to correct the ailment, Pedroia only played in a handful of games from 2018 and 2019 and did not see action in 2020.
"Dustin is so much more than his American League Most Valuable Player award, his All-Star Game selections, and the Gold Gloves he amassed throughout his impressive 17-year career in our organization," Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement posted by the team to social media.
Pedroia only played for Boston throughout his time in professional baseball. He was named a four-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star and won his AL MVP honors in 2008.
"Dustin came to represent the kind of grit, passion, and competitive drive that resonates with baseball fans everywhere and especially with Red Sox fans," Henry said in his statement.
"He played the game he loves in service to our club, its principles and in pursuit of championships," he added. "Most of all we are forever grateful to him for what he brought to our club and to our region as an important role model showing all of us how much one can accomplish with determination and hard work."
According to WEEI reporter Rob Bradford, Red Sox legend David Ortiz gave the outgoing player a fitting send-off when asked about the retirement.
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"He showed the whole planet it wasn't about height, it was about balls," Ortiz said. "If I had to pick one player to pay to watch it was Dustin Pedroia."
The two played together from 2006 to 2016, when Ortiz retired from the MLB. They earned two rings together as teammates.
According to the New York Post, Pedroia played in a total of 1,506 games for the Red Sox. He hit 140 home runs and 922 runs throughout his career.