Oct 4, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (9) stands on second base after hitting a double during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He would score a run on an error. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
3. Beyond the Box Score wrote an excellent article telling us to not write off Dee Gordon. Is there any hope you can take away from that article?
Ehsan Kassim: Dee Gordon became a solid player with the Miami Marlins last season. While the numbers look great, I’ll need to see a repeat performance from him to make me a believer. Gordon’s game is too tied to speed, so one bad ankle sprain and his season could go off the rails, real quick.
Daniel Zylberkan: This rolls into what I said in my earlier answer Dee Gordon has a very defined way that he approaches hitting which is making a lot of contact and not very good contact at that. Sure the article argues that he maybe becoming a different kind of hitter but I don’t buy it. Gordon will always be defined by his primary speed tool and the impact that has on his offensive game as a classic weak hitting spray hitter.
Sean Millerick: Were we writing off Dee Gordon to begin with? While I agree that just behind the lack of peace in the Middle East, the next two greatest tragedies in the world are Dee Gordon’s lack of walks relative to a prototypical lead off man and the fact his name isn’t Andrew Heaney, I find myself still holding out some hope that having a two-time All-Star and defending batting champion at second base might just end up being a positive thing. Even with some regression, have no worries about second base, which is a sensation I haven’t felt since 2010. And if we’re talking defensive concerns, it was 2005.
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Mark Laming: I wouldn’t write him off but I definitely wouldn’t expect his spectacular 2015 production to continue. He was on a record-setting pace at the beginning of the season and his production dropped down a little bit. I expect Gordon to regress a bit from last year but he will eventually even out into consistent numbers.
Christian La Fontaine: No, not really. So much of his value is tied up in his speed, which already began to regress in 2015. Apart from that he never walks, not because he lacks the discipline or the intelligence to know he should, but because pitchers aren’t afraid to throw the ball down the middle, which is worse because it means improvement isn’t going to come. At the end of the day what was supposedly a great season breaks down to ludicrously high, but also high empty, batting average that won’t continue in future years.
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