It was tough season for Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox, going from World Series champions to having 91 losses, but the second baseman was able to walk away with some hardware.
The 31-year-old took home the 2014 American League Gold Glove award at second base, it was announced on Tuesday. It was the fourth of Pedroia’s nine-year career, having previously won in 2008, 2011, and 2013.
Pedroia became the first Red Sox infielder to win four Gold Gloves. He also joined Dwight Evans (8), Carl Yastrzemski (7), and Fred Lynn (4) as the only Sox players to win four or more.
The second baseman played 135 games for the Red Sox this season before undergoing wrist surgery in September. He hit .278 with seven home runs and 53 RBIs, while in the field he committed just two errors in 654 total chances, his fewest error total since he had three in 2010.
Pedroia has compiled an impressive resume in his decade playing for the Sox, as his four Gold Gloves are joined in his trophy case by his 2007 Rookie of the Year Award, 2008 AL MVP, four All-Star appearances, and World Series titles from 2007 and 2013.
In his Red Sox career, Pedroia has made just 43 errors in 5,183 defensive chances for a .992 fielding percentage. He’s played all but six of his 1143 games in the field at second base – the other six he was at shortstop.
Pedroia was chosen by the Red Sox with the 65th overall pick in the 2004 MLB draft and came up through the Sox farm system. In nine MLB seasons, he has hit .299 with 106 home runs and 546 RBIs.
Other finalists for AL Gold Gloves included Pedroia’s teammates Yoenis Cespedes (LF) and Jackie Bradley Jr. (CF). Kansas City’s Alex Gordon won the award for left field, while Baltimore’s Adam Jones took the award in center.