Should the Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia Retire?

Red Sox fan favorite Dustin Pedroia went back on the disabled list this week with knee inflammation. What makes this particularly frustrating is that Pedroia just came off the disabled list after having undergone surgery last October. Pedroia missed fifty-seven games last season and sixty-nine in 2015. As age and injury creep up on the four-time All-Star, many are asking the question: Should Dustin Pedroia retire?

Pedroia hit .318 in 154 games in 2016, and .293 the following year. Injuries, however, havepedroia retire always plagued Pedroia’s career. Broken feet and fingers kept him out of action for much of the 2010-2012 seasons. Since then Pedroia’s suffered from other ailments that have limited his playing time. The short amount time he played in between stints in the disabled list makes this season different from others. The Red Sox activated Pedroia from the disabled list on May 26th before landing back on it again on June 2nd. Peoria’s only hit .091 in three games this season.

Should Pedroia Retire?

Pedroia’s getting up there in age and the multiple injuries he’d suffered throughout his career doesn’t make it any easier for him. But if Pedroia was to retire this season it would come after a long and distinguished career. Pedroia was a 2006 Rookie of the Year. He was also the 2007 Most Valuable Player. In addition to the two World Series Championship teams he played on, Pedroia’s a four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Winner, and also won a Silver Slugger Award. While his numbers aren’t quite Hall of Fame worthy, Pedroia’s legacy in Boston is strong enough that he’ll secure a place in the Red Sox Hall of Fame at some point. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Red Sox retire his number either.

If Pedroia can’t bounce back after this stint on the disabled list then it’s time for Pedroia to retire. Red Sox Nation would much rather remember him as the player he once was rather than the injury-plagued player he’s become.

Is a Boston-Baltimore Rivalry Legit?

This week could bring plenty of fireworks to Fenway Park when the Baltimore Orioles strut into town. With all the drama caused by Manny Machado and Matt Barnes last series, suddenly this matchup is a heated one. Is it fair to say there is now a Boston-Baltimore rivalry, though?

Never in my life have I thought of the Baltimore Orioles as a rival. This reminds me a lot of Boston-Baltimore RivalryDuke vs. Maryland in basketball. Trust me, it’ll make sense. Duke’s major rival is North Carolina but they were always the biggest game on Maryland’s schedule, so they were treated as a rival. Orioles fans definitely get up for Red Sox series, but it isn’t Red Sox-Yankees.

When I heard Jerry Remy talk about how these teams had a mutual distaste, I was shocked. I mean, Manny Machado has had his disputes, but the Orioles don’t exactly have the villains. There’s no A-Rod or Johnny Damon or even someone like a Jorge Posada. But, apparently, there is hatred between the players.

Even though these two clubs have been in the same division for years, the lack of animosity is simple. First off, these teams have seldom been competitive at the same time. When one team is up, the other is usually down. Without high leverage games, it’s tough to keep an entertaining rivalry in baseball.

Why Isn’t There a Boston-Baltimore Rivalry?

Also, Baltimore is just a blip on the baseball map. We are used to Boston and New York as the epicenters of the game. That is not the case in Baltimore. They have a respectable fan base, a nice team and a nice ballpark. There’s nothing special about Baltimore in the world of baseball. Even with the run of success they had for nearly two decades between the 1960s and 1980s where they won five World Series titles, Baltimore doesn’t scream baseball history.

At the end of the day, Baltimore is a football town and the unequivocal hotbed of lacrosse. When you think of Baltimore, you don’t think baseball. Putting that against a titan of the sport like Boston and the Red Sox organization, it’s not a fair fight. Red Sox fans who remember a time before 2013 know it wasn’t long ago when Sox fans outnumbered Orioles supporters tenfold at Camden Yards.

A supposed AL East rivalry between the Orioles and the Red Sox leaves me with more questions than answers. Where’s the history? Who are the villains? Why isn’t Boston-Toronto a rivalry? Ok, that last one is a blog for another time. This series could certainly get the blood boiling again and could start a rivalry. For now, Red Sox fans can label the Orioles with the same moniker Duke has put on Maryland for years, the most disrespectful insult in sports: “not our rivals.”