5. Steve Pearce goes from World Series MVP to absent
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However, as heroic as the 2018 World Series MVP was during the team’s world championship run, he was just as absent in 2019.
Due to injuries, Pearce really never settled in this past season. In just 29 games, he batted a staggering .180 and didn’t even pick up the bat again after May.
The good thing that came out of Pearce’s injury is that rookie infielder Michael Chavis got a chance to shine before an injury ultimately ended his season short. In all, the Red Sox offense survived without Steve Pearce, but the injury plagued season has him contemplating retirement.
"“I’m just going to sit at home and I’m watching football. That’s my plan,” Pearce said during an appearance on the Bradfo Sho Podcast, as transcribed by WEEI. “I’m going to decompress. It was a long year. I only had 100 at-bats so it wasn’t that bad but I hit .180 and rehabbed the whole entire year and struggled to find my swing. It has been a really long year so I would hate to make my decision right now based on the year I just had with baseball still being so close. I need to step away from the game a little bit and sit down with my family and make a decision.”"
While the team didn’t end up needed Pearce’s production in 2019, his energy may have made a difference in keeping the team in the playoff race a little deeper into the season.