Dustin Pedroia is a player forever etched in Red Sox history. Winning championships in 2007, 2013, and 2018 is a nice resume. Especially when he played big parts in his first two.
Nick covered his accolades in his 2018 post about the 2nd baseman’s future with the team. I’m not going to argue that. From what I read, Cora and the other players appreciate his leadership in the clubhouse. I’m not doubting that. He’s been there longer than anyone, so if anyone deserves loyalty, it would be the guy who embodies a good Red Sox player (Although I am skeptical after that Machado incident). But, is his left knee going to get in the way of him being a regular almost everyday player?
Short answer is yes.
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Well, I mean I guess I’ll provide you with insight… Players who’ve recently had microscopic knee surgery or any kind of joint surgery haven’t exactly been the same. Whether it’s Kobe, Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, or the tragic Greg Oden, joint surgery hasn’t exactly been the right choice.
I’m not going to get into the specifics of joint surgery because like you, I’m not a surgeon. Just know that there is no “smooth relationship between the bones in the joint.” This is coming from Jason M. Scopp, MD, a director of the Joint Preservation Center at Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates in Salisbury, MD. Sounds legit.
But high-level athletes returning to being themselves has very little success. Jason Kidd and Zach Randolph are the only ones that come to mind when I think of joint surgery success. But failures post surgeries like the ones I listed above are more scary. Shit, you can even add Penny Hardaway to that list.
Pedroia getting this surgery is bad news for his career. He’s 35 years old and hasn’t played since 2017 (his 3 games for 2018 don’t count because it’s 3 freaking games). In the last postseason appearance, he didn’t do too hot. Going 2/16; good for a .125 batting average. Granted though, he did play 103 games that regular season and had a .293 batting average, which is only the 5th worst out of 11 seasons where he played more than 70 games.
Pedroia playing 120 like Dombrowski is hoping for seems more and more unlikely as I think about it. I do believe he deserves a chance though. He’s one of the leaders in the club house and after all he’s done for the team, he should get another shot at it. But if it doesn’t work out, what do you do? Bench him even though between now and the end of 2021 you owe him about $40 million? Tough nubs I guess.
I don’t see him being a decent player anymore, but more of a leader. This knee surgery might have did it for the laser show.
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