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Pedroia Leads Boston Into A New Era



The Boston Red Sox are going to miss David Ortiz’ bat in a big way, but not just his bat. Having been a constant for the Red Sox since his arrival in 2003, Ortiz was also a tremendous presence in the clubhouse as well and everybody knows that Big Papi was the de facto captain of the team. Boston will especially miss his leadership seeing as they boasted one of the youngest squads in the MLB in 2016, with an average age of 28.8. Many Red Sox players have spoken of how much Ortiz will be missed both on the field and in the dressing room. The Sox will look for leadership from many sources this season, but it starts with one man, Dustin Pedroia.

Now the longest tenured member of the club, 2017 will be Dustin Pedroia’s  tenth full season with the team, and it is now his job take over and be a leader for the team’s many young talents. Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi and Eduardo Rodriguez are all under the age of 25 and have largely been mentored by Ortiz, Pedroia will pick up where his friend left off.

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John Farrell is confident in Pedroia’s leadership. Courtesy of The Boston Globe.

Now 33, Pedey is a battle tested veteran who too has been a stalwart for the Sox through the best and worst of times. The four time Gold Glover at second won world championships in 2007 and 2013 and also stuck it out through the team’s tumult in the early 2010s that saw a massive rebuild.

While John Farrell said in 2015 that the title of captain means nothing to Pedroia, he still fills that role for Boston.

“Pedey has been a leader for a number of years already,” the Red Sox Manager said to Ian Browne. “That won’t change.”

While Pedroia isn’t the most veteran player on the Red Sox, Pedroia may well be the most respected. Since his debut in 2006, the Woodland, CA native has played every game with heart and hustle, something that has made him incredibly popular with Boston fans. The AL Rookie of the Year a decade ago this season, Pedroia prefers to lead by example with his actions, and his contemporaries have noticed.
“He brings it every day,” said David Price. “He has that fire. He has that passion. He’s definitely a very good leader.”
The Red Sox will be counting on Pedroia to be exactly that as their first Spring Training with Big Papi in 15 years begins. Entering 2017 with an opening at third and an embarrassment of riches starting rotation, Boston will be looking to improve upon their success last season.

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