Hall Of Fame Debate: Is Dustin Pedroia On Track For Hall Of Fame Induction?
For now, this will be my final ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ regarding players that starred in the 2013 World Series.
We’ve already debated Carlos Beltran and David Ortiz.
Now, we will take on the debate that surrounds Boston’s second baseman – Dustin Pedroia.
While I try not to have such conversations about players that are still in the prime of their career, I think Pedroia is a very interesting player to discuss.
In my opinion, Pedroia is on the border of elite and superb. What makes him stand out is his approach to the game, his demeanor on the field, and the respect he has of the ballclub he plays for.
His numbers are pretty solid as well – a career .302 hitter with 1,218 hits in 8 major league seasons. He offers a nice display of power for a little guy with 287 doubles and 99 dingers. And while he is not blessed with the best speed on the team, his is a terrific base runner and has 119 career stolen bases and has scored 651 runs during his career.
Pedroia is also a terrific defender. He is a 3-time Gold Glove Award winner and is the best defensive second baseman in the American League.
Pedroia won the Rookie of The Year Award in 2008, and followed it up with an MVP Award in 2009. He has captured 1 Silver Slugger Award thus far, and as I mentioned earlier, he has 3 Gold Gloves to his credit. He is also a 4-time All-Star.
Dustin Pedroia has won two World Series championships with the Boston Red Sox and has a postseason batting average of .247 with 25 RBI and 30 runs scored.
So, now to the debate….
Is this enough to say that Pedroia is a candidate for future Hall of Fame induction?? With so much already accomplished and so much still ahead of him, has he put together enough at the start of his career to be in the conversation of ‘current players most likely to be enshrined’??
For now, I will say that he is on track and I put him at a 60% chance of getting in. I think that with so many years and seasons of playing big league ball ahead of him that anything can happen. The beginning of his career has been very impressive, but taking it to the next level and becoming a perennial MVP candidate is something that would solidify his ranking among the current elite crop of players. It is not his fault that he plays on very talented teams, but to be seen as the ‘best player on his team’ while they’re winning titles would be a huge feather in his cap!!
What do you think - Is Dustin Pedroia On Track For Hall Of Fame Induction?