The Miami Marlins have finally hit their stride, and Dee Gordon was right in the middle of their latest win.
He won’t be around for any that come over the next 80 games.
Mere minutes after the Marlins recorded their fifth straight victory, MLB announced an 80-game suspension for the reigning NL batting champion after he tested positive for performance-enhancing substances – starting with Friday night’s series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
Gordon hit a career-high .333 in 2015 and signed a $50 million, 5-year deal with Miami (10-11) in January. He was batting .266 with six stolen bases through 21 games this season.
”Dee Gordon is a very important part of our team, and we all love him and support him,” Marlins president David Samson said. ”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.”
Last year’s Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger winner drove in the tying run in Thursday’s 5-3 road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers before MLB announced his fate for the next three months.
”I’m shocked and surprised,” manager Don Mattingly said. ”Obviously,
Article source: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/preview/MLB_20160429_MIA@MIL/marlins-brewers-preview
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