Today I Learned…

…that diminutive Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is almost certainly shorter than yours truly, won the American League MVP award today.

Pedroia was the 2007 Rookie of the Year, and also won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards this year along with being voted an All-Star Game starter.  He beat out Twins first baseman Justin Morneau and teammate Kevin Youkilis (also a first baseman) to win the award.  He joins an elite list of Boston legends to win the award: Mo Vaughn, Roger Clemens, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, Carl Yastrzemski, Jackie Jensen, Ted Williams (twice), and Jimmie Foxx.

He tied Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki for the Major League lead in hits (213), lost the batting title to Minnesota’s Joe Mauer by just four points, led the majors in doubles (54), and led the American League in runs (118) and multi-hit games (61).  He finished with a batting line of .326/.376/.423.

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Today I Learned…

…that Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has thrown more scoreless postseason innings to begin a career than any other pitcher in history.  The scoreless ninth he pitched last night in Boston’s ALCS Game 1 win over Tampa Bay got him to 20 2/3 innings, passing Joe Niekro’s 20.