Pedroia a career .299 hitter collected 1,805 hits, and he was on a path to Cooperstown until he suffered an injury while covering the bag at second base in 2016.
Dustin Pedroia retires after 14 seasons
On February 1, 2021, Boston Red Sox Second baseman Dustin Pedroia officially retires from the Boston Red Sox. Since Pedroia was drafted in June of 2004 the Red Sox Pedroia helped develop a championship culture. The franchise after an 86 year drought the franchise has won 4 World Series titles. Pedroia the 66th pick in the draft was an undersized player who overcame the odds to have a hall of fame type career. He won the Rookie of the Year in 2007, the MVP Award in 2008, and played on the 2007 and 2013 World Series title winners. He also won 4 Gold Gloves and had 2 other top 10 MVP Finishes. It was his heart and soul that made him different.