Some shocking news to report. Per MLB.com, Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games without pay for violating baseball’s drug policy.
The All Star and reigning NL batting champion has tested positive for “exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, performance-enhancing substances”, a violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He is eligible to return July 29th.
The announcement was made after the Marlins sweep of the Dodgers.
“Obviously, two different ends of the spectrum for us, and our team,” manager Don Mattingly said. “You’d expect our team to be in there all excited, and then we get this news. Not quite the feeling, but from there, we’ll support Dee. These guys love Dee, and I feel like he’s one of our kids, to be honest with you. I love him, and then we’re going to move forward.”
I am stunned. The Marlins were on an upswing. They should be ecstatic, having accomplished something they had never done in their history: sweeping the Dodgers. They are one game under .500. They actually had a little hope. Faint, but it was there. This damages those hopes catastrophically. They may not have a huge fan base, but those that follow the team care deeply. I am very sad to hear this news. Guys at his level don’t need the drugs. He has the pedigree, the son of a former major league pitcher, Tom Gordon. He has the innate talent. It’s the scrubs, the ones who barely will make it–the ones who need the extra push. Oh, baby boy. What were you thinking.