Miami Marlins Dee Gordon Suspended For PEDs
Shortly after the Miami Marlins defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday night, Major League Baseball broke the news that All-Star starting second baseman Dee Gordon would be suspended for eighty games for PED use.
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To say the news comes as a blow would be a gross understatement, as Gordon was coming off a season in which he only won the NL batting title, led the league in stolen bases, won a Silver Slugger award, won a Gold Glove, and won a Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award. While off to a slow start at the plate this year, his presence in the clubhouse and defensive abilities in the field more than payed the rent for a player that will be sorely missed by fans and teammates alike.
Team President David Samson expressed disappointment, but did state for the record that Dee Gordon would continue to be part of the Marlins for “years to come” when talking to Miami Herald reporters before boarding the team flight to Milwaukee, where they open up a three-game set against the Brewers Friday night.
Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas would project to be the most likely options to take Gordon’s place in the lineup, although Chris Johnson could occasionally factor in the mix as well. That will all depend on deployment, as in addition to Dietrich and Rojas, Martin Prado is also capable of playing at second.
The only thing that seems certain is who will fill Gordon’s shoes as the team’s leadoff hitter. Christian Yelich has had success in that spot, but on the other hand is enjoying a career year hitting in the No. 3 hole. And as the club was finally showing signs of clicking offensively, Marlins management might look to minimize changes, as opposed to maximizing them.
Really, all that can be said with any certainty at this time is that Dee Gordon will not be playing again until late July, and that he will be sorely missed in the interim.