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Report: Red Sox' Steve Pearce, 2018 World Series MVP, now contemplating retirement

Report: Red Sox' Steve Pearce, 2018 World Series MVP, now contemplating retirement

Eleven months ago, Steve Pearce had gone from journeyman DH/first baseman/right-handed-bat-off-the-bench to riding a Duck Boat with his Red Sox teammates after his World Series MVP performance had lifted the team he rooted for a kid to its fourth World Series title in 15 years.

Today, he told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he's contemplating retirement.

Pearce, who counts all four American League East teams among the seven he's played for in the majors, signed a one-year contract worth $6.25 million after the World Series. He began the season on the injured list with a calf issue. He played only 29 games returning to the IL with a back injury. Then, while rehabbing in the minors, a knee ligament injury incurred after he fell in a game ended his season in mid-July.

If he does hang 'em up, Pearce and Red Sox fans will always have his remarkable World Series performance:

Game 4, eighth inning: Tying solo homer off Kenley Jansen.
Game 4, ninth: Bases-clearing double off Kenta Maeda.
Game 5, first: Go-ahead two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw.
Game 5, eighth: Solo homer off Pedro Baez.

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Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

For a position so essential to baseball — no player handles the ball more often — the catching ranks in Red Sox history are surprisingly shallow.

Multiple seasons belong to players like Johnny Peacock, Pinch Thomas, Hick Cady, Roxy Walters, and Muddy Ruel, names that sound like they should belong to bouncers before big leaguers.

The dearth of catching talent may partly explain why the Red Sox routinely featured lousy starting rotations, at least until Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Co. arrived to give the club perennial Cy Young contenders no matter who squatted behind the plate.

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Had this list extended to 10 instead of five, some of the names would surprise you. Wally Schang, anyone? How about Bill Carrigan? There'd definitely be room for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Anyway, the overall talent level may be thin, but the top five are legit, with three All-Stars and two Hall of Famers.

Click here for the top five catchers in Red Sox history.

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Are Dave Roberts' latest comments about Mookie Betts just wishful thinking or reality?

The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said some interesting things about his new right fielder on ESPN's "The Sedano Show" Monday, including that he knows how Betts feels about being in Dodger blue.

I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him personally, and I think some players too, and coaches — it feels like he’s already played a season with us, which is strange. … Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.

After just eight spring training games, Betts "loves" being a Dodger? It seems like a stretch, but maybe getting out of Boston was that much of a relief for the 27-year-old.

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With the 2020 season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's possible we never see Betts play a regular-season game for the Dodgers. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association agreed on a settlement that would let all pending free agents hit the open market if the coming season is canceled.

Betts, the 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion, likely will test free agency come 2021, and the Dodgers will have to pay a hefty price to keep him in L.A. 

If Dodgers ownership and team president Andrew Friedman decide to shell out the cash, then Betts will probably "love" being a Dodger even more.