Earlier today, the MLB Network formally announced what every member of Boston Red Sox Nation already knew: Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was the American League Player of the Month for July. It is the first time the former AL MVP has been so honored.
It was the second straight month a Sox player got the nod, as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was named Player of the Month for his stellar performance in June.
"Pedey" hit .411 with a mind-boggling .465 on-base percentage for the month. He accrued a .723 slugging percentage courtesy of nine doubles, a triple and eight home runs. He drove in 22 runs and scored 27 times in 26 games played.
For the month, Pedroia led all qualifying players (minimum 84 AB) in batting average, base hits (46), slugging percentage and total bases (81). He tied for first in runs and extra base hits (18), recorded the second-best on-base percentage, tied for second in homers and tied for sixth in RBI.
According to the club’s website, he had more hits than any Red Sox player in the month of July since 1939, when Hall of Famers Bobby Doerr (52), Ted Williams (48) and Jimmy Foxx (47) each had more…his eight home runs were the most by a Red Sox second baseman in July since Felix Mantilla had 10 round trippers in 1964.