Originally written on Fenway West  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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2012 may have been Dustin Pedroia's most difficult in the majors. At age 28, he seems at a real crossroads in his career. Pedroia's first five seasons showed he had Hall of Fame potential. After a slow start,he rocketed onto the scene in 2007 with a .317 average including 39 doubles, 8 homers and 50 rbi's. Combined with superior fielding and an excellent postseason (.345 in the ALCS, .278 in the World Series), he was voted AL Rookie of the Year. If there is a sophomore jinx, Pedroia destroyed it with a vengeance in an MVP performance. He became only third player in major league history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in consecutive seasons. As the Sox again advanced in the postseason, he raised his average to .326. His 213 hits and 54 doubles led the AL. He also began showing both speed (20 stolen bases) and power (17 homers, 83 rbi's). He covered lots of ground at second and also emerged as the Sox' inspirational leader after the retirement of...
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