Pedroia takes the crown

Pax Arcana

Congratufugginlations to Dustin Pedroia, who today was named the American League MVP for 2008.

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It was becoming increasingly difficult to argue for anyone else to take home the hardware (though some ridiculous efforts have been made).

In the end, Pedroia, as Alex Speier over at WEEI.com notes, led the league in so many categories — while playing Gold Glove defense — that voters really didn’t have much of a choice but to give it to the little jockey:

While the Red Sox second baseman amazed with his power this year, slamming 17 homers, he does not fit the prototype of the power-hitting Most Valuable Player. Nonetheless, his all-around contributions–the second highest batting average in the A.L. (.326), Gold Glove defense at second, the most runs in the league (118) and 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts–defined his candidacy. He also had a .376 OBP and .493 slugging mark.

Pedroia was particularly brilliant down the stretch, hitting .374 with a 1.060 OPS in August, and then .326 with a .914 OPS in September.

I only hope this award can boost Dustin’s self-esteem a bit. Lord knows the little fellow needs an ego boost.

Pedroia takes home the MVP [WEEI.com]

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