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Dustin Pedroia Retires: Hall of Fame or Hall of Very Good?

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Four-time All-Star and 2008 AL MVP Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is retiring from baseball. He was a career .299 hitter that at first glance sounds like a Hall of Fame player, but a deeper look shows he was just really good.

We don’t want to take anything away from him because guys like Dustin Pedroia are becoming extinct in baseball. We need more of them.

Here are Pedroia’s full stats over his 14-year career:

Pedroia really lasted only 11 years, which is why you don’t see any milestone records like 3,000 hits or 1,500 runs. Another stat Hall of Famers tend to have going for them is that they’re on the field. A lot. If you check out “games played” on the far left of that chart, Pedroia hardly ever approached a full 162-game season. He only got close in ’08, ’09, ’11, ’13, and ’16, which helps illustrate the shortness of his “prime” years.

So is Dustin Pedroia a Hall of Famer? No, but he was still a great player. An ailing knee that required surgery in late 2017 is quite literally the only reason he didn’t maintain his career .300 BA. Career-wise, Pedroia will be remembered as a clutch postseason player and a heckuva teammate.

Even former Red Sox players Jon Lester and David Ortiz shared some nice, heartfelt words about Pedroia and their time together in the early ’00s:

Even if Pedroia falls short of the Baseball Hall of Fame, his legacy in Boston is probably more important. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Pedroia’s No. 15 retired sometime later this year. Cheers, Dustin, on an amazing career.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. No HOF for the Laser Show. He doesn’t have any major milestones statwise, but it doesn’t matter.

    3 rings in Boston after a 100 year drought makes him a hero to Bostonians for the rest of his life. Legacy cemented.

    Great career, awesome player, not a HOFer.

  2. Yes, there are his numbers. But you left out the most important stat for Hall of Fame voters: What are his political leanings?

    Love Dustin, hope he gets in, but he won’t. Side note, ran into him with his family several years ago at Disneyland. Got to say, almost didn’t recognize him as he looked like every other exhausted dad there. Didn’t bother him, just waved as he was, again, with the family. He came over and said hi. Super good guy.

  3. I don’t care about the HOF anymore. Meaningless to me, but probably not for him. As a native Bostonian, he has all the accolades he needs. Retire the number John Henry. Maybe you can fit it in between diversity statements and erasing the Yawkeys, post mortem.

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