Tisk, tisk, tisk, Dee Gordon.
Late Thursday night, news broke that Miami Marlins second baseman Gordon was issued an 80-game suspension without pay for testing positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol.
The MLB handed down the suspension right after the reigning NL batting champ Gordon hit the game-winning RBI to complete the sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Though I did not do so knowingly, I have been informed that test results showed I ingested something that contained prohibited substances,” Dee Gordon said, through a statement released by the MLB Players Association. “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 I accept the consequences.”
Gordon’s statement is typical MO for being caught: “I didn’t know it was bad for me. I let people down. I’m sorry – yadda yadda yadda.”
Dee Gordon’s Suspension Fantasy Impact
The low-scoring Marlins will now be without their table setter for the next 80 games. The Marlins will have to reshuffle their lineup to find a guy who will bat in the one-hole while Gordon is suspended. This does major damage to Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton’s fantasy appeal as they’re now without a dynamite piece for the two players to bat in.
This suspension comes on the heals of Toronto Blue Jays’ Chris Colabello receiving an 80-game suspension for a positive PED test just last week.
Also, something else of interest to point out here, was when Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer was quoted saying “Do I think guys are still out there doing this [steroids]? Yes, I really don’t think the number is that high. But at the end of the day, you never know. This is a dark cloud within the game. It’s something that is never going to be revealed.”
It’s a real shame that this PED epidemic is ongoing.
These grown men are being paid millions upon millions of dollars to play a kids game and they’re CHEATING at it.
I was once talking to a a high school graduate who had just received a degree to play college baseball. As we were talking about our love for the game of baseball, the topic of steroid use came up and he looked at me and said, “If you’re not taking steroids, you’re not trying.” It was then that I realized, coming from a high school athlete, that the game will never be clean.
From Jose Canseco, to Jason Giambi, to Alex Rodrigues, to Ryan Braun to now Dee Gordon, the game of baseball will forever be tainted with the use of PEDs and the players lame excuses. The only positive spin you can get out of all of this is that if you’re a player that is taking them, one day you will be caught.
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