Dustin Pedroia, the gritty Red Sox second baseman, is calling it quits.
Injuries took their toll on the All-Star infielder, who appeared in just nine games over the last three years due to multiple knee surgeries before officially announcing his retirement on Monday.
The Red Sox will still pay the 37-year-old Pedroia $12 million this season, Boston Sports Journal reported, ending a career he spent solely in Boston and saw him win two World Series crowns, an MVP award, reach four All-Star games and win AL Rookie of the Year honors.
“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,” owner John Henry said in a statement. “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.”
In Pedroia’s first two seasons he won a World Series crown, MVP award, was named Rookie of the Year, and won a Gold Glove, the only player to ever do so at that point in his career.
He appeared in 1,506 games, the second most of any Red Sox second baseman behind Bobby Doerr. He ends his playing days with a career slash line of .299/.365/.439, an .805 OPS, 140 home runs, 725 RBIs and 922 runs scored across 14 major league seasons.