Hall Of Fame Debate: Is Dustin Pedroia On Track For Hall Of Fame Induction?

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.

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?

12 responses to “Hall Of Fame Debate: Is Dustin Pedroia On Track For Hall Of Fame Induction?

  1. Pedroia is an excellent baseball player. In my opinion he still has the back-half of a career to go before a discussion is held on his Cooperstown chances.

    Patrick

  2. So much emphasis is placed on the offensive stats when measuring whether a player is a Hall of Famer. There is a very strong argument that Pedroia is the best defensive second baseman in the game and that should be taken into account when deciding whether he is Hall worthy.
    He is definitely on pace for the Hall because, like Jeter to the Yankees, Pedroia is the face of the Red Sox, especially after Ortiz is done.
    The accolades are there, the leadership is there, and the rings are there. The argument is not what is Pedroia missing from his resume, but rather, can he maintain the pace he currently is at. If he retires a career .300 hitter, gets over 2,500 hits, and stays a perennial All-Star, he will be in…no doubt!

  3. He’s on the right path, but he needs to maintain his 162 game average seasons for another 10 years (not an easy task). Even though he has accomplished a lot in his short career, I think he’s going to need a magic number like 3,000 to make it into the HOF.

  4. He’s on the right path. But I doubt he’ll get there

  5. As most HOF debates go, is Pedoria consider an elite player at his position during his generation?

    Undoubtedly, Cano is the best hitting 2nd sacker of their generation. Is Pedoria a better player than Brandon Phillips, Jason Kipnis, or Chase Utley?

    Because of Utley’s injuries slowing down his career, I think Pedoria will be considered greater than him. Phillips I think has been underrated, they’re pretty neck to neck, Pedoria’s 2 WS rings gives him the edge. Kipnis is just getting started, but his blend of speed and pop might put him close in a couple of years.

    I think Pedoria is on track to be close. His defense and leadership can’t deteriorate because he’s not a lead-off man type or really a depended upon run producer.

    • Charley- What you have stated makes a lot of sense. I do think that being the ‘face’ of championship teams, and having ROY and MVP credits on his resume gives him an edge. It’ll be interesting to see how Jeff Kent is received when eligible as he has all of the numbers, but not quite the accomplishments at the team or individual level…

  6. I’ll keep my comment brief. He collects nearly 200 hits a season. He has a career .300 batting average. He won the ROY & MVP Awards. And seems to always make the AL All Star Team. I believe he’s making a strong push toward’s the HOF. Only time will tell.
    Excellent question Brian,

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