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MLB's MVP = M-O-N-E-Y

Ross JonesCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2008

Establishing continuity in a sports organization is a priority, but championship teams make it a top priority. The Boston Red Sox have believed in the players around them and have ridden the coattails of their World Series championships. They have maintained a similar style throughout their successful seasons.  

Building around hard-working, devoted players has become the “Boston Brand.” They have a unique belief in committing to the nucleus of the team and coupling them with role players. Dustin Pedroia became the newest addition to the heart and soul of the Red Sox.  

Dustin Pedroia was titled Major League Baseball’s Most Valuable Player less than a month ago. Dec. 3, 2008 the Boston Red Sox held a press conference for the team's second baseman and inked him to a six year, $40.5 million contract.   

In 2007, Pedroia began the season in a platoon role. This valuable asset that many teams in the league use allows two players, usually both a left and right handed player to have a significant role in the team. 

Offensively he started out slowly but maintained his value defensively by only allowing six errors. As time progressed, Pedroia found himself in the box and put together an amazing rookie season. Pedroia’s postseason contributions led directly to the success of his team and became a part of the Boston Red Sox’s seventh World Championship.

His tremendous performance was firmly noted when he was presented the 2007 A.L. Rookie of the Year Award.

The 2008 season was a much more polished and well-tuned Pedroia. His performance on the field again became synonymous with the success of the team. After a stellar halfway mark, Pedroia was awarded his first All Star trip and played in the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.

The star second-baseman finished another strong season and was awarded both the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards. These two remarkable achievements players work their entire career to acquire, but most never do.

The Boston Red Sox have a firm belief to build around young talent and seasoned veterans. The formula has worked well to tie up their star studded players. Pedroia earned only $457,000 in 2008 and is scheduled to be paid in the upwards of $7 million in 2009. 

Locking up Pedroia was General Manager, Theo Epstein’s main concern while entering the off-season. He made sure he tied all loose ends quickly and established a commitment to the organizations successful future.

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