The Portland Sea Dogs announced the newest member of their Hall of Fame in a special ceremony at Hadlock Field on Friday night — current Boston Red Sox second baseman, Dustin Pedroia.
Pedroia spent part of his 2005 season with the Portland Sea Dogs after being selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. In 66 games with the Sea Dogs, Pedroia hit .324/.409/.508 with 10 home runs and 74 runs batted in and was later voted an Eastern League Post-Season All-Star and Baseball America Double-A All-Star.
After a slow start to his Major League career, Pedroia was able to turn things around and win the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year award. In 139 games that season, Pedroia hit .317/.380/.442 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs while helping the Red Sox win their second world series title in four years.
Pedroia would go on to raise the stakes even further during his second full season in the big leagues, hitting .326/.376/.493 with 17 home runs and 83 RBIs — good enough for his first All-Star appearance and Gold Glove award, as well as being named the 2008 American League Most Valuable Player.
In 10 Major League seasons, Pedroia owns a .299 career batting average with 115 home runs, 580 RBIs and 126 stolen bases. He has won four Gold Glove awards, a Silver Slugger award and been named to four All-Star teams in addition to winning his second World Series title in 2013.
The Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame was established in 2005 with former catcher Charles Johnson and former manager Carlos Tosca named as inaugural members. In order to be eligible for induction, players must have debuted with the Sea Dogs at least 10 years ago and have had success in Portland and beyond.
Pedroia will join Josh Beckett, John Boles, Dan Burke, Robert Ganley, Adrian Gonzalez, Fredi Gonzalez, Livan Hernandez, Charles Johnson, Mark Kotsay, Kevin Millar, Hanley Ramirez, Mike Redmond, Edgar Renteria, Carlos Tosca, Bill Troubh and Kevin Youkilis as members of the prestigious club.