Originally written November 02, 2012 on Fenway West:
In the space of only one year, Dustin Pedroia has gone from being one of the most popular Sox players to an enigma. But on this young and rebuilding team, he should provide leadership by performance and attitude. Right now, unfortunately, that is questionable. Pedroia's first five seasons with the Sox showed Hall of Fame credentials. Rookie of the Year in 07 on a World Championship team. Even better the following year, becoming only the third player in major league history to capture the ROY and MVP in successive seasons. Leading the AL with 118 runs scored, 213 hits and 54 doubles. The stats go on. Second in the league in hitting, fourth in total bases and seventh in extra base hits. His numbers dropped a bit in 09, but he still led the league with 115 runs scored. An excellent fielder, he captured a Gold Glove in 08, and was an all-star game starter in both 08 and 09. Though his postseason batting was erratic, he hit .345 in the ALCS versus Cleveland in 07 with 5 rbi's and...
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