In an unforeseen announcement, Major League Baseball announced last night that Miami Marlins’ second baseman Dee Gordon tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended 80 games for a first-time offense.
This comes as a shock to the baseball world, as Gordon has never been a power threat, but this shows that PEDs has other purposes besides boosting power. Dee Gordon won the National League batting title and the Gold Glove last year in his first year as a Miami Marlin after being traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2015 season. As a result of his performance, the Marlins and Gordon came to terms on an extension over five years paying the All-Star $50 million over the offseason.
So far, this year, Gordon had been batting .266 with 6 stolen bases after the first month of the 2016 regular season. With the suspension, Gordon will not be eligible to return until July 29 at the very earliest. In the meantime, expect the Marlins and Don Mattingly to utilize Martin Prado and Derek Dietrich in his absense.
Gordon released a statement earlier this morning: “Though I did not do so knowingly, I have been informed that test results showed I ingested something that contained prohibited substances. The hardest part about this is feeling that I have let down my teammates, the organization, and the fans. I have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20+ tests that I have taken and passed throughout my career prove this. I made a mistake and accept the consequences.”
What are your thoughts on Dee Gordon’s suspension? How will this affect the Marlins?