According to the Portland Press Herald, Red Sox 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia is retiring.

37 year old Pedroia has spent the last 14 years as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

Pedroia played with the Portland Sea Dogs in 2005 and 2006.  He was called up to the Red Sox late in the 2006 season. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2008. Pedroia was a four-time All-Star and a member of three Red Sox World Series championship teams. A four-time Gold Glove winner, he played in 1,506 games – surpassed only among Red Sox second baseman by Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr.

Recently, a knee injured has benched him frequently.  In fact, he only played nine games between the 2018 and 2019 seasons.  He did not play at all in the 2020 season.

In a press release, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said:

Dustin came to represent the kind of grit, passion, and competitive drive that resonates with baseball fans everywhere and especially with Red Sox fans. He played the game he loves in service to our club, its principles and in pursuit of championships. 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.

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