In what is simply a shocking turn, it has been revealed that Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been slapped with an 80-game suspension for PED use. The news was announced late Thursday night, after the Marlins wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Dodgers, and will begin serving the suspension immediately. He tested positive for the banned substances exogenous testosterone and clostebol.
Gordon, 28, is regarded as one of the more well-known and liked personalities in Major League Baseball. He is the son of longtime former pitcher Tom Gordon and has a younger brother in the Twin’s minor league system. After a highly successful 2015 season, the Marlins rewarded him with a five-year extension. But he’s not the power hitter-type you would associate with steroid and PED usage. He is a contact hitter with a respectable on-base ability and a threat to steal bases. He swiped 58 of them his first year in Miami, after getting dealt from the Dodgers. He’s also very reliable with a glove, being one of the better defense players in the game. Marlins president David Samson issued a brief statement concerning the situation.
Dee Gordon is a very important part of our team, and we all love him and support him, That said, I don’t like or condone what he did. He is an important member of this organization and will be for many years to come. It’s a huge, huge disappointment to the kids, to our fans, to his teammates and to everyone in our organization every single day. He will be back 80 games from now, and he will be welcomed back to this organization. But in the interim period, we expect him, and we are positive that he will do everything that’s necessary to make it up to his fans, to his teammates and to this organization.
However the variety of substances he is being suspended for isn’t necessarily to enhance his strength. They also improve overall athletic performance and can help with recovery following an injury. This creates a difficult situation for Gordon. He will forfeit nearly half of his $3 million salary for this season. Also, with the amount of time he’s going to miss, he will be unable to defend his coveted NL batting and stolen base titles he captured a year ago. With the season almost a month old, 80 games will wipe out half of his season. And if Miami can somehow get back on the right track and try to make a run for the postseason, Gordon won’t be eligible for postseason play.
The Marlins have a little bit of depth they can explore to replace him. Derek Dietrich would be their most likely option to pull most of the weight. He’s not exactly Gold Glove caliber, but he is decent with a bat and some production at the plate would earn him some playing time. Martin Prado is another option, as they could slide him in at second and dispatch Dietrich to third and split time with Chris Johnson. As far as Gordon is concerned, he will now look to fixing what is now a tarnished image, and hopefully getting back to the level of play the Marlins were expecting of him.