Report: Pedroia open to shortstop
|12.01.09 at 10:56 am ET|
Speaking in a report on ESPN.com, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said the Red Sox have approached him about the possibility of playing shortstop and that he is open to the idea.
“They’ve put it out there and I’ve told them I’m all for it,” he said. “I’m all for it. I can do it. I can’t wait for Tito [Terry Francona] to call me and ask, ‘Can you do it?’ I can do it. I really want to do it.” Pedroia played regularly at shortstop both in college and the minor leagues before being moved to second base upon reaching the major leagues. He won a Gold Glove at second in 2008.
“When the idea of moving back to shortstop was floated to me, I welcomed it,” Pedroia said. “I’m excited. Tell Derek (Jeter) to enjoy the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards while he can. Obviously, I’m not serious about the fun I have with Derek, but I’m never stopping believing in the goal. I believe I can play shortstop and help get the Red Sox back where they belong.”
To hear Pedroia talk about the differences between playing second base and shortstop and his initial thoughts on switching positions, click here to hear his weekly segment, last Saturday, on the Mut and Bradford Show.
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