Dustin Pedroia is an American professional baseball player who plays as second baseman for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is currently the longest-serving player on the Red Sox roster and the only player from the 2007 World Series team still with the club after David Oritz’s retirement in 2016.
He is an accomplished player with numerous successes along his career path. In his more than a decade in Boston, Dustin has received four All-Star nominations, four Golden Glove, the AL Rookie of the Year 2007 award, the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player award, and a single Silver Slugger award. As a baseman, his defense at second base was rated well above average.
Dustin Pedroia’s Bio (Age)
The award-winning second baseman was born on August 17, 1983, as Dustin Luis Pedroia in Woodland, California. He is of Swiss-Italian, Portuguese and Spanish origin.
Dustin graduated from Woodland High School in his home town. In high school, he played both football and basketball, although his football career was nipped in the bud due to an ankle injury. In his senior year, he was voted the most valuable player (MVP) in his league after achieving a batting average of 0.445.
He attended Arizona State University (ASU) on an athletic scholarship but gave up the last two years of his scholarship to help ASU recruit better pitchers. He remained in the shortstop position for the Arizona State Sun Devils. During his time on the team, he was able to place his name in the record books after a series of exceptional games. He started all 185 games, had a career average of 0.384 and scored 298 goals in just three years. His 71 career doubles matches are the fourth highest in the school’s history, and he finished seventh on average in his batting career. He was also named the most valuable player in the ASU On Deck Circle.
At the 2004 MLB draft, Dustin Pedroia was voted 65th overall by the Red Sox. He was the eighth shortstop draft and received a signing bonus of $575,000. At his professional debut in 2006, he won the “AL Rookie of the Year” award and was also elected to the Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team in 2007. In his rookie season, he also collected five RBI to help the Red Sox secure the place in the World Series that they eventually won.
In the following seasons, he will show good performances and win further awards. In 2008 he received AL MVP, Gold Glove, and Silver Slugger awards. The year marked his most productive season on the basepaths, stealing 20 bases in 21 attempts, for baserunning 4.9 runs above average and making great contributions to his team. His contribution was called a superstar performance and was rated 6.5 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) wins by Fangraphs.
For the baseman, the records can only get better. He completed his 100th home run in his career in May 2014 and his 300th career double in May 2014 and won his fourth American League Gold Glove that same year. Even with a number of injuries due to a long absence from the field, Dustin is still considered one of the best baseball players in the history of the MLB and it can be said that he has achieved success in it.
How Much is He Worth?
After being drafted by the Red Sox, Dustin signed a six-year contract extension in December 2008 worth $40.5 million with an additional team option for 2015 worth $11 million. Five years later the contract was extended for another 8 years and is worth $110 million. He will be a member of the team until 2021.
With his record and colossal deals, the four-time All-Star is one of the richest players. He has net assets of $20 million and a monthly salary of $1 million.
Dustin Pedroia’s Family – Wife, Brother
He was born the son of Guy and Debbie Pedroia, the couple who run a tire shop, Valley Tire, and were to work fourteen hours a day. His mother, Debbie, played tennis at Sacramento City College. His older brother Brett also played baseball and was a catcher at Shasta College, although he broke his ankle in high school.
Brett was arrested in January 2009 and charged with harassment in four cases against a boy under 14 years old. He was convicted six months later for committing the sexual act in question.
The Red Sox’s second baseman, Dustin, is not only good with clubs and balls, but he’s also good at home. He’s a family man, married to his college sweetheart, Kelli Hatley. They exchanged vows on November 11, 2009, and now have three sons in common: Dylan (born August 18, 2009), Cole (born September 13, 2012), and Brooks (born June 14, 2014).
Kelli is the spokesperson for the Melanoma Foundation of New England. She informs young people about the negative health effects of using a solarium. When she was 18 years old, she was diagnosed with melanoma as a result of using the bed in question.
Height and Other Facts
Dustin Pedroia is 5 feet 9 inches tall. Although he is relatively small, he has proven that a good baseman has nothing to do with size or statistics, but that everything has to do with the love of the game and the desire to win, not only for himself but also for his teammates.
The baseman contributed to two Red Sox World Series Championships in 2007 and 2013.
He is widely hailed as one of the best defenders in the game and has received four Fielding Bible Awards, and the Wilson Overall Defensive Player of the Year 2013, 2016 award is proof enough.
He is the first Red Sox infielder to win four gold gloves.
Dustin underwent knee surgery in October 2017 to fully restore the cartilage and then missed the start of the 2018 season. He was activated on 26 May 2018, but after 3 games he ended up back on the disabled list with an inflammation of his left knee.