NEW YORK -- In a pre-game ceremony this evening, Boston Red Sox second baseman, Dustin Pedroia, will receive a prestigious Players Choice Award as the 2007 AL Outstanding Rookie. Selected in a secret ballot of all American League players, Dustin will receive the Players Choice Award for compiling one of the best seasons by a Red Sox rookie in the past 50 years. Dustins teammate, Kevin Youkilis, a member of the MLBPAs Executive Board, will represent his American League peers in presenting Dustin with this award.
In 2007, Dustin led all Major League rookies, and set the record for rookie second basemen, with a .317 batting average. He finished 10th among all AL hitters in batting average, and his 165 hits were third on the team, trailing only Mike Lowell (191) and David Ortiz (182). He led all Major League rookies in doubles (39) and was second in on-base percentage.
In Dustins honor, the Major League Baseball Players Trust will award a $20,000 grant to his hometown Little League in Woodland, California. 2007 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Players Trust. Since 1992, the Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing over $3 million to charities around the world.
Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the national human service organization, the Players Trust created and helps administer the Action Team, a national youth volunteer program currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in cities throughout the United States. For more information on the Major League Baseball Players Trust, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com.