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Monday, April 01, 2019

Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia to debut for Greenville Drive on Thursday

Dustin Pedroia wasn’t quite ready to start the 2019 MLB season. Either that or the Red Sox were scared to put him on the roster. Whatever the case, Pedroia isn’t yet on the team’s major league roster, and the Sox are currently operating without him.

However, Pedroia is seemingly making progress. He played eight innings in an extended spring training game and he will soon be suiting up for the Red Sox’ Single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive.

Alex Cora said that Pedroia will be with the Drive for their Opening Day on Thursday. That should be a step in the right direction as he looks to return to the Red Sox’ big-league club.

Are we sure that the Greenville Drive aren’t some fusion act from the early 1970s?

 

QLE Posted: April 01, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dustin pedroia, spring training

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   1. villageidiom Posted: April 01, 2019 at 09:14 AM (#5827331)
You mean he gets to be part of the pageantry of a Greenville Drive opening day?
   2. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: April 01, 2019 at 09:36 AM (#5827332)
Do not mock the South Atlantic League. The Sally League is full of great places to watch baseball, almost always with enough people to form a proper ballgame buzz but never so many that you're far from the field or otherwise inconvenienced.

Good luck, Mr Pedroia. I'm not hopeful, but good luck anyway.
   3. Moeball Posted: April 01, 2019 at 04:16 PM (#5827595)
Yes, I'm afraid Dustin is yet another example of what can happen along the route to a presumed HOF career. By 2013, he already had a resume that included a ROY award, an MVP, Gold Gloves, AS appearances, and had been a contributing member of 2 championship teams. All he needed to do at that point was just stay healthy enough to add on enough decent seasons to build some counting stats for his career, and voila - it would end up with his election to the HOF. Only the "staying healthy enough to build counting stats" part of the equation never happened, so now we're hoping he can rehab in Single A ball. (Sigh)
   4. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 01, 2019 at 08:16 PM (#5827675)
Yes. Thank you for pointing this out. It's really true, and quite unpredictable.

Manny Machado can happen to any player, at any time.
   5. Darren Posted: April 01, 2019 at 09:43 PM (#5827709)
I'm torn. I know it's good to be cautious, but they had all offseason to prepare and it feels like they could really use Pedroia on this trip, even if it's just for 7-8 games.
   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 01, 2019 at 10:17 PM (#5827719)
Manny Machado can happen to any player, at any time.


I talked about this in an earlier Pedroia thread. All Pedroia had to do was string together a few more decent seasons and he was a sure HOFer. He'd just come off a nearly 6 WAR season and then Machado purposely overslides the bag and spikes him in the knee. There is no arguing this, it was intentional; Machado has been involved in about 4-5 of these incidents now and no one has that many accidents on the diamond. Pedroia's career is now destined to take a different arc.

My curiosity had me thinking about what Dustin thinks about all that? When he has time to reflect on the way his career has gone since that incident as opposed to the possibility of tacking on another 10 WAR and ended up with over 60 and in the HOF. He might still make it but those counting stats are not great and keeping that .300 BA would really help.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 01, 2019 at 11:16 PM (#5827733)
All Pedroia had to do was string together a few more decent seasons and he was a sure HOFer. He'd just come off a nearly 6 WAR season and then Machado purposely overslides the bag and spikes him in the knee.

Pedroia had a 5.8 WAR season in 2016, but only had 1.5 WAR in 2017. It wasn’t clear Pedroia was still on a HoF path before he was injured in 2018 - he’d have to have rebounded a bit from 2017 for several seasons.
   8. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 01, 2019 at 11:43 PM (#5827741)
No. Wrong. He was injured in 2017. He lost all of 2018 to the knee shredding that happened in 2017.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 01, 2019 at 11:58 PM (#5827743)
Ah, time flies. My error.
   10. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 02, 2019 at 08:03 AM (#5827765)
You're getting old YC (unlike me who is still young and vibrant...what? SHUT UP!).
   11. villageidiom Posted: April 02, 2019 at 09:57 AM (#5827786)
I'm torn. I know it's good to be cautious, but they had all offseason to prepare and it feels like they could really use Pedroia on this trip, even if it's just for 7-8 games.
At his age and given how long he's been on the mend, I don't think Pedroia is likely to be a very good pitcher.

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