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AL MVP: Dustin Pedroia

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was named most valuable player of the American League today, completing an historic two-season stretch in which he won rookie of the year and MVP in back-to-back years, the first AL player to do so since Baltimore's Cal Ripken in 1982-83.

Pedroia, 25, received 16 of a possible 28 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, winning by a comfortable margin over Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who received seven first-place votes. Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis and Twins catcher Joe Mauer each received two first-place votes, and finished third and fourth overall, respectively, while Los Angeles Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez received the remaining first-place vote and finished sixth, behind Chicago White Sox left fielder Carlos Quentin.

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 18, 2008; 2:02 PM ET
 
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Comments

Makes sense considering Pedroia led the league in RBIs, oh wait he didn't? Hmm, how about batting average? Nope, not that either... How about press coverage, we have a winner!

Posted by: MNpolis | November 18, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, they should have definitely given the MVP to a player on a team that didn't even make the playoffs! Sheesh, how valuable can he possibly be.

Posted by: jw703 | November 18, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

considering pedroia always came through whether it was on the field or at bat both of you have no idea what you're talking about
there wasn't a time when i was disappointed with dustin all season

Posted by: seibs12 | November 18, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

led the majors in hits (tie with Ichiro), 2d in majors in runs and multi-hit games, 20 for 21 in steals, 2d in AL in fielding % for 2d basemen. Morneau had a nice year, but Pedroia was outstanding in more facets of the game. I agree with Dave that the better case might have been for Mauer than Morneau. Morneau's year was not that much better than Youkilis, who played outstanding defense at 2 positions.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | November 18, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't even understand JW703's comment. The Red Sox came within one game of the World Series. How is that not making the playoffs? You can always argue who is the most deserving of MVP but it's abundantly clear who made the playoffs. Personnally, I think Pedroia is deserving.

Posted by: SoCal41 | November 18, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Pedroia led The Majors in that all important stat- clutch. "Nuff said" to all you sour grapes nation haters. You don't have Bill Buckner to kick around anymore and you hate it. You all want to tease us Back Bay faithful but now our team and ownership are really delivering. Sure they lost in the last game of the ALCS but our team is mature, suffering through a few injuries and a few slumps in key positions and they STILL got within one game of the World Series WITHOUT the head case and a relative unknown from The Berg stepped up and made a name. Don't you wish your team was as deep and fascinating? I'm sure you do and you hate that The Nation will be back and strong in 2009. GO RED SOX!!!

Posted by: KERMlNATOR3 | November 18, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

It was a reply to the guy above me, SoCal.

Posted by: jw703 | November 18, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

MVP voting sure brings out the troglodytes.

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | November 18, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

this just proves that our young team is going to come back strong next year..world series champs 09 RED SOX

Posted by: seibs12 | November 18, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

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