By: Noah Wright
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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been a staple to their line-up, almost as much as David Ortiz was before he retired. Pedroia has had a long career that’s been highlighted by many awards, and milestones. However, he could be on the fringe when he retires, and becomes eligible for The Hall Of Fame. So let’s take a look at Dustin Pedroia’s case for The Hall Of Fame.
To start, lets see why Pedroia should make The Hall Of Fame. The short (5’8) secondbasemen came up in 2006, but played his first full season in 2007. As a rookie, Pedroia batted a .317/.380/.442 line in 581 PA’s. His effort with the bat, and glove gave him The AL Rookie Of The Year. In 2008, Pedroia stepped up his game, as he batted for a .326/.376/.493. The Laser Show also added some pop, with 17 homers, and speed with 20 stolen bases. His defense was also amazing, with 13 DRS, 9.7 UZR, and 1.9 defensive WAR. His amazing season rewarded him with The AL MVP, Gold Glove, and Silver Slugger. Overall, Pedroia’s career rewards include The MVP and Rookie Of The Year award I had previously mentioned, along with 4 All Star appearances, a Silver Slugger, 4 Gold Gloves, and 2 World Series Rings. Pedroia’s career WAR of 52.1 (tied for 174th All Time) puts him in the middle of Bid McPhee, and Bobby Doerr in all time second basemen WAR, both are Hall Of Fame Players. Pedroia is mostly known for his glove as well. His current 15.5 career defensive WAR puts him above Hall Of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg who has 13.5 defensive WAR, and has the most Gold Gloves of all NL Secondbasemen. Pedroia's career .806 OPS ranks 17th among second basemen all time, who’ve played at least 1000 games, and is .10 points higher than that of Craig Biggio, another Hall Of Fame player. Pedroia’s skill with his bat, and glove should really help him get some HOF votes when he arrives on the ballot, but he isn’t a lock for the Hall.
Now let's look at why Pedroia may not make The Hall. Pedroia hasn’t been consistently healthy the past few seasons. It’s kind of a situation like Felix Hernandez. Since 2015, Pedroia has had just one season where he’s played at least 150 games (2016). Pedroia is on pace again to not play more than 100, as he’s been on The DL twice this season, and has only played 3 whole games. This could really impact his chances of making The Hall Of Fame. Pedroia also has just 1803 hits. That doesn’t even put him in the top 300 in all time-hits, and for a guy who’s batting average is .300, and has played this long, you’d think he’d have more hits.
If you ask me, I think Pedroia’s Hall Of Fame Case is still strong. Even when he’s been inconsistent with health, his performance has not. In 2015 when he only played 93 games, Pedroia still had a good .291 average, and .356 OBP. In 2017 when he played just 105 games, Pedroia still had a .293 average, and .369 OBP. This has been the only season where he did not start out with a strong average or OBP, but you have to remember he only has seen 13 PA’s. At the end, if Pedroia can keep up a solid performance, even when he isn’t fully healthy, I do think Pedroia makes The HOF, but not on his first ballot. I’m predicting sometime between his 3rd, and 6th ballot.
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