Boston Red Sox legendary infielder Dustin Pedroia has officially announced his retirement.
Pedroia, who hasn’t played since 2019 due to a knee injury he suffered two seasons earlier, spent his entire 17-year career with the Red Sox organization, was a four-time All-Star who was named American Rookie of the Year in 2007 and AL MVP in 2008.
Pedroia, 37, won three World Series rings with the Red Sox and was a four-time Gold Glove winner. Pedroia has one season remaining in a $110 million, eight-year contract.
“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,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in an official 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.”
Pedroia ends his career hitting .299/.365/.439 with 140 homers, 394 doubles, 725 RBIs and 138 stolen bases.