Pedroia's monster season in 2011 was overshadowed by the arrival of Adrian Gonzalez, the breakout year of Jacoby Ellsbury and the outright self-implosion suffered by the Sox in the final weeks leading up to the post-season.
Though he didn't receive the same type of publicity he got back in 2008 during his MVP season, Pedroia's all around numbers were actually better in 2011.
Last summer Pedroia put up career highs in games played (159), triples (3), home runs (21), RBI (91), stolen bases (26) and OBP (.387).
Heading into 2012, Pedroia will continue to be a terror at the plate. He could put up another 20-20 season as his power continues to develop.
The California native is also a perennial Gold Glove candidate, and will be in line to pick up his third in 2012.
Pedroia's continual improvement, scorching offense and elite defense usher him into the position as the the best second baseman in the AL East heading into the 2012 season.
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