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Is Pedroia a Gold Glover?

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  November 5, 2008 04:09 AM

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DANA POINT, Calif. -- Dustin Pedroia may be taking home some serious hardware this offseason.

He's not only a leading contender for the American League's Most Valuable Player award, but there's a strong chance Pedroia will win the Gold Glove at second base when the voting is announced Thursday at 4 p.m.

Pedroia recently finished second among American League second baseman in Bill James's Fielding Bible awards behind Oakland's Mark Ellis. James and his panel named Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips as the top fielding second baseman in baseball.

But five baseball scouts in attendance here who have watched Pedroia play were unanimous in praise of his defense, including his range and arm strength, and felt he should be the considered the top fielding second baseman in the American League.

Last year, Kevin Youkilis won a Gold Glove at first base, but he might have trouble repeating.

Detroit's Placido Polanco won the award at second base last season.

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