11/12/2007 2:38 PM ET
Dustin Pedroia wins 2007 American League Rookie of the Year Award from Baseball Writers Association of America
BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been selected as the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year, it was announced today by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Pedroia received 24 of the 28 first place votes in balloting conducted by two writers from each of the 14 American League cities. He also received four second place votes and 132 total points and was the only player named on all 28 ballots. Outfielder Delmon Young of Tampa Bay was second with 56 points (3 1sts, 12 2nds, 5 3rds) with Kansas City pitcher Brian Bannister third with 36 points (1 1st, 8 2nds, 7 3rds). Boston righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka finished fourth with two seconds and six thirds for 12 points while lefthander Hideki Okajima received three third place votes. Voting is 5 points for 1st, 3 for 2nd, and one for 3rd.
Pedroia is the sixth Red Sox player to be named as the A.L.'s top rookie by the BBWAA, the first since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997. He is just the fourth A.L. player to win the award while playing the majority of his games at second base, joining Minnesota's Rod Carew in 1967, Detroit's Lou Whitaker in 1978, and Minnesota's Chuck Knoblauch in 1991.
Pedroia batted .317 with eight homers and 50 RBI in 139 games with the Red Sox in 2007. His batting average was tenth highest in the American League and the best ever for a qualifying major league second baseman. Pedroia led all big league rookies with 39 doubles, ranked second with a .380 on-base percentage, and was third with 86 runs scored. He was also second among A.L. rookies with 165 hits, 49 multi-hit games, and 230 total bases.
Overall, he finished second on the Red Sox in runs and doubles and ranked third in batting average and hits. Pedroia ranked fifth among A.L. second basemen with a .990 fielding percentage, and his 132 starts were the most by a Boston 2B since 1967. He was the A.L. Rookie of the Month in May and the league's Player of the Week for May 28-June 3.
Pedroia batted .283 (17-60) with two homers and 10 RBI in Boston's 14 post-season games, including a .345 (10-29) mark in the ALCS versus Cleveland.
The Boston second baseman was also selected as the A.L.'s top rookie in the Major League Players Choice Awards voting and by The Sporting News. Pedroia, who now makes his off-season home in Chandler, Arizona, was the Red Sox' second round selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft after an outstanding three-year career at Arizona State University.
RED SOX BBWAA A.L. ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
1950-Walt Dropo, 1B
1961-Don Schwall, RHP
1972-Carlton Fisk, C
1975-Fred Lynn, CF
1997-Nomar Garciaparra, SS
2007-Dustin Pedroia, 2B