DEE Devaris GORDON
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Nickname:   Varis Strange Position:   2B-SS-OF
Home: N/A Team:   MARINERS
Height: 5' 11" Bats:   L
Weight: 170 Throws:   R
DOB: 4/22/1988 Agent: Beverly Hills
Uniform #: 9  
Birth City: Windemere, FL
Draft: Dodgers #4 - 2008 - Out of Seminole C.C. (FL)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2008 PIO OGDEN   60 251 45 83 13 3 2 27 18 5 16 29 .371 .430 .331
2009 MWL GREAT LAKES   131 538 96 162 17 12 3 36 73 25 43 90 .362 .394 .301
2010 SL CHATTANOOGA   133 555 86 153 17 10 2 39 53 21 40 89 .331 .353 .276
2011 CAL RANCHO CUCAMONGA   3 11 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .333 .273 .273
2011 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   70 288 51 96 10 6 0 24 30 4 18 40 .373 .410 .333
2011 NL DODGERS   56 224 34 68 9 2 0 11 24 7 7 27 .325 .362 .304
2012 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   8 30 3 8 0 1 0 1 2 1 2 3 .313 .333 .267
2012 NL DODGERS $485.00 87 303 38 69 9 2 1 17 32 10 20 62 .280 .281 .228
2013 NL DODGERS   38 94 9 22 1 1 1 6 10 2 10 21 .314 .298 .234
2013 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   92 374 65 111 17 9 0 33 49 11 51 70 .385 .390 .297
2014 NL DODGERS $515.00 148 609 92 176 24 12 2 34 64 19 31 107 .326 .378 .289
2015 FSL JUPITER   1 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250
2015 NL MARLINS $2,500.00 145 615 88 205 24 8 4 46 58 20 25 91 .359 .418 .333
2016 NL MARLINS $3,300.00 79 325 47 87 7 6 1 14 30 7 18 55 .305 .335 .268
2016 PCL NEW ORLEANS   9 35 7 9 1 1 0 2 3 0 1 5 .278 .343 .257
2017 NL MARLINS $7,800.00 158 653 114 201 20 9 2 33 60 16 25 93 .341 .375 .308
2018 AL MARINERS $10,800.00 141 556 62 149 17 8 4 36 30 12 9 80 .288 .349 .268
2019 PCL TACOMA   3 14 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .214 .214 .214
2019 AL MARINERS $13,500.00 117 393 36 108 12 6 3 34 22 5 18 61 .304 .359 .275
Personal
  • Dee is the son of former big league reliever Tom "Flash" Gordon.

  • Dee was a hoop star and didn't play baseball until his senior year of high school. But by the time he attended Southeastern University in Florida, he was convinced he could be a Major League Baseball player. By then, Dee had already been working out with his Dad's Phillies teammates.

  • As a Royals farmhand, Dodgers farm director DeJon Watson once roomed with Tom Gordon, who tipped off Watson about his son. Los Angeles liked what it saw in workouts.

    Tom Gordon says his son shifted his focus from basketball to baseball around his junior year of high school. And Tom had roomed with Dodgers farm director DeJon Watson in the minors when Dee was born, and he tipped Watson off about his son.

  • Dee Gordon was formerly known as Devaris Strange-Gordon.

  • In 2008, the Dodgers drafted Gordon (see Transactions below).
  • In 2009, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Devaris as the 7th-best prospect in the Dodgers' organization. But in the winter before 2010 spring training, they had Gordon as the #1 prospect in the Dodger farm system. And they still had Dee at #1 in the spring of 2011.

  • At the end of the 2009 season, Dee was named Prospect of the Year in the Midwest League, while also sharing the loop's MVP honor with OF Kyle Russell.

  • Tom Gordon says he and his son have talked about what it would be like to face each other in a big league game.

    "He says, 'I ain't too far away; I'll get a chance,'" Gordon said. "'That first pitch fastball, I'm going to line that into left. Or I know you, you'll throw me a curveball.'" After that, Gordon says, his focus will change. "I want to face him," Gordon said, "and then retire and watch him."

  • Devaris is very thin, but with wide shoulders. He is one of those guys who really has trouble gaining weight. In 2009, he would often eat five or six meals a day, but still not add pounds.

  • In 2009, Dee was named the Dodgers' Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year. And he shared the 2009 Midwest League MVP award with Great Lakes teammate Kyle Russell. Gordon led the circuit in steals (73) and triples (12), finished second in hits (162), and seventh in batting.

  • Gordon's guilty pleasure: "Shoes. I have close to 450 pairs. I've been collecting them since high school," Dee said during the 2012 season.
  • In 2012, Dee was the Opening Day shortstop after a strong rookie half season with the Dodgers the second half of 2011. But his bat regressed, he tore up his thumb, the Dodgers dealt for Hanley Ramirez, and Gordon's career hit the wall.

    Called up to L.A. for the last month of the 2013 season, Gordon said, "I know I'm a better player. I'm definitely a stronger man for this. I'm not trying to pull the God card, but I'm better with God, too. I can definitely say this: good has come out of this." (9/01/13)

  • When Dee debuted in the Major Leagues in 2011, he weighed 144 pounds. But in 2014, he reported to spring training at an all-time high of 173. How did he do that?

    "I eat six meals a day," he said. "I've done this on my own. I just want to be stronger. I was nervous that it would slow me down, but I played in Puerto Rico and I saw that nothing happened to my speed. That was a relief. And I'm hitting the ball with more authority."

    "You know his speed can play," said manager Don Mattingly. "Can he make the everyday play and get on consistently to let his speed play? Inconsistency has been the biggest thing." (Ken Gurnick - MLB.com - 2/11/14)

  • Dad wasn't around much while Dee grew up, but the Dodgers' second baseman has always been fine with it. Dad chose the life of a professional baseball player, and he turned into a real good one, Tom "Flash" Gordon's 21-year career was highlighted by three All-Star Games, a Rolaids Relief Award, and more than $55 million in earnings.

    Dee has followed in the family business, reinventing himself in 2014 as a rangy second baseman and base-stealing leadoff hitter after his shortstop career was short-circuited by injury and the acquisition of Hanley Ramirez.

    Dee said it never bothered him that Dad was away at Spring Training or on the road or playing in one of his eight "home" cities until retiring in 2009. Dee would join him when school let out for the summer and share him with the rest of the family in the winter.

    "When I was young, he was playing and trying to establish himself the way I'm doing now, and I always respect that," said Dee. "He had to work hard to feed me and my three sisters and two brothers. I always understood that and I wasn't going to be selfish because I needed my Dad. He always made sure I had a big support group. Really, I didn't need much. With all I went through, I grew up a strong kid."

    And Dee had greater challenges growing up than his father being away a lot. Dee was born two months premature, weighing four pounds, two ounces. And when he was only 6 years old, his mother was shot and killed by an ex-boyfriend.

    Dee was raised mostly by his grandmother and uncles, who taught him as much about baseball and life as his father did. Battling his way back to the Major Leagues this year, 2 1/2 years after he did it for the first time, is par for the course for Gordon, who is 30 pounds heavier and at least that much stronger than when he was first called up in 2011.

    "I've been fighting since the day I was born," he said. "They doubted I would live. I've been doubted my whole life."  (Ken Gurnick MLB.com, 6/13/2014)

  • Dee said he and Dad are similar in other ways besides baseball. "Dad came to see me in New York a few weeks ago and we spent some time just walking around, because he said he never did that in all the years he played, and he even played for the Yankees," said Dee. "He was always so focused and determined to be great, he didn't do anything but play.

    "It's weird, but I'm about the same way, too. When I first came up, I liked to have fun. But it didn't mesh with me playing. I've learned from him to relax, rest, stay out of trouble, and it helps me play better."

  • Davey Lopes, Los Angeles’ first-base coach and resident baserunning guru, compares Gordon favorably with Juan Pierre, a born worker who parlayed modest skills and plus speed into 2,217 career hits and 614 stolen bases. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also opts for a lefthanded-hitting outfielder, but he prefers a guy who outran a reputation as a suspect hitter to make two all-star teams and sign a $48 million contract with the Indians.

    "I look at him like a Michael Bourn,” Mattingly said. “When I first saw Michael, you could almost knock the bat out of his hands. But he got better and better, and all of a sudden this guy was a pain in the butt to get out. To me, that’s where Dee is going.”

    Dee needed some words of advice to cling to when the majors threatened to overwhelm him and his prospect aura was beginning to fade.

    “Struggles are good because they help you learn,” Gordon said. “I remember my Dad telling me how to be professional and saying, ‘Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.’ I’m more tough-minded than I used to be. I used to let it get to me if I struggled. Now it’s just part of the game.”  (Jerry Crasnick - Baseball America - 6/20/14)

  • In 2014, Dee was named the Dodgers' winner for the Heart & Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. (7/22/14)

  • In 2014, Dee's brother, Nick, was a first-round draft pick by the Twins.

  • At age 15, Dee played against Kevin Durant in basketball. Dee says Durant single-handedly destroyed his team. Gordon says he did not like playing baseball as much as other sports as a youth because girls did not come to the games. 

  • In 2015, Gordon was selected to start in the All-Star Game. But he could not play due to an injury.

  • When Odubel Herrera blistered a foul ball that struck an elderly woman at Marlins Park, Dee felt compelled to do something. So between innings, the All-Star headed straight to the woman to see if she was all right.  

    Even after being reassured she would be fine, Gordon still wanted to make sure. So after the game, he revisited the lady. This time, he brought some gifts—handing her a bat, autographed jersey, and the cleats he wore that night.  

    "I was scared," said Gordon. "I was like, 'That could have been my grandma getting hit.' I had to make sure she was alright. Luckily, it just grazed her, more than anything. She was shaken up, but she was OK. Just to kind of say, 'sorry.'"  (Frisaro - mlb.com - 9/24/15)

  • In 2015, Gordon capped his remarkable season by making history, becoming the first player to lead the NL in batting average (.333) and stolen bases (58) since Jackie Robinson in 1949 (.342/37). 

  • Before a 2016 Spring Training game, a man handed Dee two fresh char-grilled hot dogs. An unremarkable moment. Or so it seemed. In reality, that simple gesture reflected a lifelong friendship, the importance of early influences and that it really is a small world after all.

    The man is Eddie Roper. Growing up in Avon Park, Fla., a small town in the central part of the state, he was best friends with Tom Gordon. Gordon would go on to become an All-Star closer who fathered two sons who eventually signed professional contracts: Dee and shortstop Nick, the Twins' first-round pick in 2014 draft.

    The elder Gordon, of course, spent half his summers on the road. That's where Roper came in. Wherever Flash Gordon's career took him—Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia—Roper was there. When the team went on the road, he stayed behind with the family. He made sure the kids didn't get in trouble. He played sports with them. He filled an intangible but crucial role, especially since Dee's mother was murdered when he was 6. He was like an uncle to him, according to Dee.

    "He took us around and made sure we were safe and good at the ballpark," Dee said. "When my dad would go do his stuff, we would go with him until my step-mom came. He always made sure we were straight. He's a pretty cool dude."

    These days, Roper works for the Tigers at Marchant Stadium. "Whatever they need me to do, that's what I do," Roper said as he manned the grill. "I cook for the team. I cook for the suites. Burgers and hot dogs. Sometimes chicken."   

    Roper said, "In Avon Park, everybody's friends. Tom was real athletic. He played football, baseball, basketball. I liked sports and played a little bit, so that's how it all came together."

    Roper even lived with the Gordons in the offseason. The men would fish together, visit friends and go to the races. It was a full-time position, although not precisely a job.  "Tom took care of me," Roper said. "It wasn't like he paid me, but he took care of me. Sometimes we traveled with the team. The kid's mom, traveling with the kids was rough. So my being there helped a lot, and that's what I did."

    Everybody agrees that Dee is a gentleman. Not to mention a pretty good ballplayer. Roper will modestly accept some credit for both. "Dee turned out to be a pretty decent kid," Roper said proudly. "I helped raise him a little bit. I had a lot to do with it. I didn't let him get in trouble, because I'd tell his dad, and he knew what Tom would do to him if he caused me any trouble. His grandmother who raised him kept him in church. You go to church when you're young and it helps you in the long run. He ain't going to change." (Hagan - MLB.com - 3/6/16)

  • During the Marlins' 2016 Opening Day ceremonies, Gordon was presented with plenty of hardware he earned in 2015. He was honored for winning the NL batting title, the NL Silver Slugger Award, the NL Rawlings Gold Glove Award, and the Wilson Award as top defensive second baseman. (Frisaro - MLB.com - 4/5/16)

  • Turns out, Dee Gordon didn't receive all of his 2015 hardware on Opening Day. As a surprise during batting practice on April 19, 2016, owner Jeffrey Loria had one more gift for him.  Loria surprised Gordon with a diamond-studded pendant sporting the Marlins' logo and a .333 inscription. The gift is to recognize Gordon winning the NL batting crown in 2015.

    Gordon was all smiles when he saw the circular pendant in the dugout prior to the Marlins facing the Nationals at Marlins Park. Lost for words, Gordon blurted out, "This is sick! Thank you."

    Gordon also told Loria that the contract extension he signed in January was already plenty.  Miami locked up Gordon to a five-year, $50 million deal a month before Spring Training.

    In 2015, Gordon turned in one of the greatest individual seasons in franchise history. He was the NL batting champ, as well as the Major League leader in stolen bases (58) and hits (205).  (Frisaro - MLB.com - 4/19/16)

    SUSPENSION

  • April 29-July 28, 2016: Dee has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 80 games without pay for violating the league's drug policy.

    The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball levied the suspension after Gordon tested positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, performance-enhancing substances, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. It is effective immediately. Gordon will be eligible to return on July 29 when the Marlins play host to the Cardinals.  (Frisaro - MLB.com - 4/28/16)

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed shock and disappointment before  the game at the news of Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon's 80-game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

    Roberts and Gordon have an intertwined history with the Dodgers, despite never being with the team at the same time. Both were in the National League West from 2011-14 when Gordon was in Los Angeles and Roberts was a coach with the Padres. While competing against Gordon during that time, Roberts didn't see anything out of the ordinary in Gordon's development.

    "Sometimes, you got to chalk it up to maturation and your body filling out," Roberts said. "I really don't know Dee's whole story on what happened, and I really haven't dug too deep into it as far as him not knowing what he was taking. I can't even speak to that. In this series, like I said, I'm shocked."

    Gordon was able to play in the series while appealing the suspension, during which he went 4-for-19 with a double and three runs. Roberts supported the process that allowed the player to do so.

    "I think it's one of those things that we got to let due process run its course," Roberts said. "That's what we signed, as far as the Collective Bargaining Agreement. That's the way it is. Did he impact our series? Absolutely. But we knew going in that every player has that process to go through."

    There was a mixture of reactions within the Dodgers' clubhouse, where many players are former teammates of Gordon's. "Some players were upset," Roberts said. "You see social media and some guys are outspoken about things and some guys not so much. I can only speak to how I felt."

    Ultimately, Roberts took the news as another signal that while PEDs have become less of an issue in the league, there is still work to do in keeping the sport clean.

    "I think that it's as clean as it's been, just my opinion," Roberts said. "I'm surprised by the guys that are coming out, testing positive. Major League Baseball and the union [Players Association] are trying to do everything they can to clean it up, and we obviously have more work to do." (J Baker - MLB.com - April 29, 2016)

  • March 10, 2017: They embraced and mingled for a few minutes during batting practice. Later in the afternoon, they bid their goodbyes by the team bus. In a flash, the game flew by at Roger Dean Stadium, but it was a memorable one for Dee and Nick Gordon. The brothers both were in the same game for their respective teams with Nick's Twins coming out on top of the Marlins, 8-2.

    Dee Gordon, leading off and playing second for Miami, went hitless in three at-bats. Nick wasn't supposed to play, but the 21-year-old got an at-bat in the ninth inning, lifting a fly ball out to left.

    "I hadn't really thought about it until I got out here and saw him talking to his brother before the game," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I didn't know if it would work out, but I was kind of looking for [an opportunity]."

    Dee Gordon, a two-time All-Star second baseman, was just glad to see his younger brother, who is rated by MLBPipeline.com as the Twins' top overall prospect.

    "During stretch, we talked," Dee said. "Then, they were in the cage, and I was back here watching him hit. I talked to him a little bit." The brothers were hoping to see each other earlier in Spring Training at Fort Myers. Dee was supposed to be on the Feb. 27 trip, but he ended up not going because he was dealing with an eye infection.

    The brothers were together on the same field. A couple of uncles and cousins were on hand, but not their father, former big league closer Tom "Flash" Gordon. From the dugout, Nick got to observe Dee in action. "It was great to see him play," Nick said. "It's the first time I've really gotten to see him on the field."

    Nick projects to open the season at Double-A, but he is tracking toward playing in the big leagues at some point in the next year or two. "You see your brother out there, you definitely want to be out there with him," Nick said. (J Frisaro - MLB.com - March 10, 2017) (Editor's note: As of 2019, Nick was still in the Twins' minor league system.)

  • Feb 8, 2018: Dee Gordon's first stop after being traded? Glove shopping at a local sporting goods store. As baseball fans, we tend to hold baseball players in very high regard. They're gods on the diamond, existing in circles unknown to us normal, perpetually awkward souls. But sometimes we're reminded that they are indeed regular human beings. (M Monagan - MLB.com - Feb 8, 2018)

  • Gordon's Gear Represents Dee on the Field:

    His cleats: "My cleats are 9.5. For a while I wanted to be the guy wearing the 10 -- Double digits. (In 2018), I was like, 'You know what, I'm a 9.5, I'm gonna stop with trying to be the big guy.'

    "I used to try and wear the 'fast guy' cleats. Josh Bard (current Yank bench coach) told me when I was in Triple-A, 'you are the fastest guy I've ever seen, no spike is going to make you faster.' So I started to go for comfort," Dee said.

    Gordon's Bat: "The Chandler bat is literally the only brand I can swing. For some reason, I am just comfortable with it. Won a batting title with it, a few 200 hit seasons."

    Dee's Elbow Guard: "It's smarter to wear a guard because I throw hard right-handed, so if I get hit that's my throwing arm. I can't move if my throwing is messed up," Gordon said.

            TRANSACTIONS

  • In the spring of 2008, Gordon failed to qualify academically at Seminole Community College (Fla.) and couldn't play. But in June, the Dodgers drafted him in the fourth round anyway. He signed with scout Scott Hennessey for $250,000.

  • December 11, 2014: The Dodgers traded Gordon, RHP Dan Haren, SS Miguel Rojas, and cash to the Marlins; acquiring LHP Andrew Heaney, RHP Chris Hatcher, 2B Enrique Hernandez, and C Austin Barnes.  

  • January 18, 2016: The Marlins signed Gordon to a five-year, $50 million contract.

  • Dec. 7, 2017: The Mariners acquired Gordon from the Marlins for Minor League righthanders Nick Neidert and Robert Dugger and infielder Christopher Torres. The Marlins also included international bonus pool money of $1 million in the trade. 

    Seattle already had Robinson Cano at second base, so they moved Gordon to center field.

Batting
  • Gordon is a wiry, thin guy, but swings the bat with authority, driving the ball to the gaps with excellent frequency. 

  • He may develop into a solid leadoff hitter. But he needs to gain more patience and see more pitches per at-bat.

  • Dee needs to cut down on the high strikeout numbers. He is a free swinger and aggressive hitter who likes to attack early in the count. And he has a knack for putting the barrel of the bat on balls and drills line shots to the opposite field.

  • Gordon is becoming a solid bunter, taking advantage of his superb speed. Any ball hit on the ground has a real good shot of being a base it.

    And in 2017, Dee was rated the Best Bunter in the NL, via Baseball America's Best Tools issue in August.

  • Brett Butler worked with Dee during 2015 spring training. Butler altered the way Gordon bunts, softening his hands and trying to get him to make contact as if he were catching the pitch deeper in the box.

    “Working at it,” Butler said, “is not a problem.” Then there was his slide.

    “What amazed me is that he said that he got caught stealing 10 times because he overslid the bag,” Butler said.

    In a little show-and-tell, Gordon laid on the ground and demonstrated how his top, stretched leg would be off the ground and ended up getting him tagged out. So sliding directly into the bag has become a daily practice routine. (Peter Gammons - Baseball America - 4/10/15)

  • Dee is an adept hitter who crowds the plate and uses his fine bat speed to line drives from gap to gap. He is not just a slap hitter. He uses a short, compact swing that's geared for letting him take advantage of his fine speed.

    He has a knack for barreling up balls and spraying line drives from gap-to-gap. He has good bat speed.

  • Dee continues to approach hitting in a way best tailored to take advantage of his speed. That means letting pitches travel as deep in the zone as possible, maintaining a level swing, keeping the ball out of the air and using the bunt as a constant weapon.

    "I'm not going to be a high walk guy, because pitchers aren’t going to walk me. They’re going to pitch to me, and I have to continually learn to make more consistent contact on strikes.”

  • In 2014, Gordon led MLB in most opposite-field hits with 75.

  • Early in 2015, Gordon went 20 for 31 on the nine-game homestand that ended on May 3. His .645 average was the second highest in baseball history for a homestand that long. Only Barry Bonds has ever had a better homestand. He went 13 for 19 (.684) over a 10-game stand in 2004.

  • June 19, 2015: Dee reached 100 hits in fewer games than any player in Marlins history.

  • Like clockwork, Dee started off a game between the Marlins and Nationals  with a base hit. A perfectly deadened bunt to the third-base side that the 27-year-old beat out with ease, the hit marked the fourth consecutive game and 39th of the season he started with a base hit. Only Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies had more, with 40.

    "If he gets on base, good things can happen," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. "He's capable of turning a single into a double, stealing a bag. He's in the middle of a race for the batting title. He just brings that every day."  

    "Any time Dee's at the plate, he's got so many weapons," Jennings said. "He can bunt for a hit. He sprays the ball all around, and occasionally he'll get the ball in gaps and have double- and triple-type power. He's certainly our catalyst. As he goes, so do we."  (Emert - mlb.com - 9/20/15)

  • 40-ft. home run?  Runs, like life, find a way, though. Dee Gordon proved that. With Justin Bour on first base in the top of the 11th, Gordon grounded the ball a few feet in front of home plate. With his speed, that's always dangerous.

  • Fortunately for the Marlins, Jose Torres' throw was even more dangerous. With the second baseman late to the bag, Torres' toss went all the way into the corner, letting the speedy Marlin race around the bases. (Michael Clair and Jay Paris-MLB.com-April 22, 2017)

  • April 20, 2019: Gordon racked up the 1,000th hit of his career and it was a big one as the Mariners’ second baseman sliced a two-run, bases-loaded single in the fourth inning of Seattle’s 6-5 win over the Angels. Gordon, a two-time All-Star and the 2015 National League batting champ while with the Marlins, acknowledged that was a number he didn’t take for granted.

    “Honestly, in 2012-13 I didn’t think I’d ever make it here, the way it was going for me,” he said, reflecting on his early days with the Dodgers. “It wasn’t going well. I was having a hard time trying to stay up and just to be able to do this is pretty awesome.”

  • As of the start of the 2018 season, Dee had a career batting average of .289 with 15 home runs and 197 RBI in 3,379 at-bats and 308 stolen bases out of 401 attempts (76.8%).
Fielding
  • Devaris has excellent range to both his left and right, superb actions and first-step quickness at shortstop. He gets to balls that few other shortstops can get to. He has all the tools to be a standout shortstop.
  • He has a solid arm.
  • Gordon needs to learn to play more under control. He needs to charge more balls and keep his elbow up on his throws. He tends to drop down his arm angle.
  • Dee has the smooth, solid actions to remain at shortstop. But he could stand to be more aggressive, and not let ground balls play him.

    He occasionally makes careless mistakes.

  • Gordon has begun to play different positions to give him more value. In 2014, he switched from shortstop to second base. (Hanley Ramirez played shortstop for the Dodgers.)

  • Maury Wills looks at Gordon and sees someone he recognizes. "That's me all the way," he said. "I had two things: speed and a strong arm. Dee Gordon has that," said Wills, an instructor who has taken the young player under his wing in 2014. "Those are two things they can't teach you. They're God-given."

  • In 2015, Gordon won the Rawlings Gold Glove second baseman in the NL.

    Dee's diligent work with Perry Hill made him the top second baseman in defensive runs saved. And he and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria became the best defensive double-play combination in the National League.

Running
  • Dee can cover 60 yards in 6.3 seconds. 

  • He can dunk a basketball despite being only 5' 11" tall.

  • In 2010, for the second straight time, he ranked first in his league in both stolen bases and in caught stealing. So he has to learn to pick his spots. Since then, he has improved his technique for stealing bases. In 2011, he succeeded a career-high 82 percent of his attempts between the Majors and minors.

  • Gordon's speed is what makes him such an exciting player to watch. It rates an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale.

    "He's a base-stealer and there are guys who steal bases, and there’s a big difference,” Lopes said. “You’ll see the value of a base-stealer when he’s taking attention away from the hitter and everybody is looking at that guy at first base. Everybody knows you’re going and they still can’t stop you.”

  • July 1, 2011: In a game against the Angels, Gordon stole second, third, and home in the same inning. He became the first Dodger player since Harvey Hendrick in 1928 and the first Major Leaguer since Jayson Werth on May 12, 2009 to accomplish that feat.

  • 2015 Changes: Gordon stole more bases than anybody in the Major Leagues in 2014. So why is the Marlins' speedster looking to change what's working? Safety.

    In Spring Training, Gordon was working on sliding feet-first, something new considering he has traditionally gone head-first while stealing bags.

  • June 30, 2015: Gordon circled the bases and was credited with a three-run, inside-the-park homer off Giants righthander Ryan Vogelsong. Gordon laced a liner into the gap in right-center in the spacious ballpark, and he sprinted the bases, sliding headfirst into home plate. 

    It was the first inside-the-park homer in the history of Marlins Park, which opened in 2012. For Gordon, it was his fifth career home run and first that didn't clear an outfield wall.

    Statcast tracked Gordon's home run "trot" at 14.29 seconds and his top speed at 20.5 mph, with the liner landing 352 feet away with an exit velocity of 97 mph.

  • In 2017, MLB added a new Statcast™ metric, "Sprint Speed," which measures runner foot speed in feet per second (in their fastest one-second window). We report the average of a player's qualified maximum effort runs, so we end up with a number where 27 feet per second is league average, and the slowest catchers and designated hitters are down around 23 feet per second. You can see the entire leaderboard here.

    Sprint Speed leaders in 2017:  30 feet per second—Billy Hamilton, Byron Buxton, 29.7 feet per second—Bradley Zimmer, and coming in at 29.6 feet per second—Dee Gordon and Raimel Tapia.

  • August 20, 2017:  Dee Gordon is fast. Like, "home to home in 14.298 seconds" fast. And with speed like that, it's nearly impossible for opposing catchers to throw him out. He's swiped 193 bases over the last four seasons, and entered play on Sunday with 41 in just 118 games so far in 2017.  

    So it's understandable that Gordon has begun searching for ways to challenge himself on the base paths. For example, in the first inning of a game against the Mets, Gordon decided to see if he could steal second base with his batting gloves still in his mouth. The answer? Of course.

    For his next trick, Gordon will steal second, third and home while jogging backwards.  (Landers - mlb.com)

  • Sept 8, 2017: Dee Gordon did a little bit of everything in the ninth inning, including reaching an impressive milestone. Gordon had an RBI single, stole second and scored in the ninth in the Marlins' 7-1 victory over the Braves at SunTrust Park. By swiping second, Gordon reached the 50-stolen-base mark for the third time in his career.

    "Dee's a guy who brings a lot of energy," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He's swung the bat well. He's a guy getting on base at a higher rate. He's quietly having a nice year in 2017. That's good to see also."

    Gordon now places himself in exclusive company: The Marlins are just the third team to have a player hit as many as 50 home runs and a teammate steal 50 bases in the same year. After Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the Majors with 53 home runs, the other two combinations are Albert Belle (50 home runs) and Kenny Lofton (54 steals) with the Indians in 1995, and Sammy Sosa (50 home runs) and Eric Young (54 steals) with the Cubs in 2000.

    "He owes me like a Bentley," Gordon joked about Stanton. "Tell him. Tell him to give me a Bentley."

    The other two times Gordon picked up 50, he led the National League in steals. While with the Dodgers in 2014, he swiped 64 bases, and in 2015, the year he was the National League batting champion with the Marlins, he stole 58 times. 

    "That's a goal of mine, every year," Gordon said. "I'm just trying to help my team win. I'm not trying to steal 100 bases. I'm trying to give our team what we need. I'm just trying to run when I have to."

    Since 2010, the only player with more than Gordon's 64 steals came in 2010 when Juan Pierre, then with the White Sox, topped the Majors with 68. In that span, the 50-steals mark has been reached 14 times. (J Frisaro - MLB.com - Sept 9, 2017)

  • October 1, 2017:   For the third time in the last four years, the speedy Dee would be taking home the Major League stolen base crown after tallying 60 stolen bases.

  • Jan 30, 2018: We don't know exactly how Dee Gordon will look as the Mariners' center fielder in 2018. After all, he's never played a game outside the middle infield in his Major League career. But we do know this: He's more than fast enough to handle the position..

    There's a lot more to playing center field than raw speed, but Gordon's elite speed gives him a much higher baseline than most players would have for a transition to the position that requires more range than any other. Gordon's Statcast data can help gauge how he might handle the transition. The data for Gordon in the outfield doesn't exist yet, and a player doesn't get much chance to ramp up to top speed while playing the infield. But what we do have is the data for Gordon's speed on the bases, and those numbers are top-tier.

    A good marker of the degree to which Gordon can make a difference is how fast he gets down the first-base line. Going from home to first isn't the same as running down a ball in the gap, but it shows his straight-line speed and his ability to eat up ground. In 2017, Gordon separated himself from the pack in those first 90 feet. Four seconds is a quick and easy dividing line for top-end speed. Only the fastest runners post sub-4.00 home-to-first times on a regular basis. Gordon was in a league of his own in that category. (D Adler - MLB.com - Jan 30, 2017)

  • July 3, 2018: Dee had been sitting on 299 stolen bases for a while.  "Yeah I knew," Gordon said. " Skip [manager Scott Servais] talks to me about it all the time."

    The Mariners second baseman came into the July 3rd game on a 0-for-13 skid, and things weren't looking much better after he grounded out to the right side in each of his first three at-bats.

    But Gordon knocked a single into left field in his fourth trip to the plate, made it to second on a passed ball, then swiped third for stolen base No. 300 of his eight-year Major League career.

    "The bat's been a little cool for him lately, but it can come with streaks," Servais said. "With Dee, it's finding some holes and staying with pitches. Nice to see him get one in there tonight."  (Gottlieb - mlb.com)

Career Injury Report
  • August 11-31, 2011: Gordon was on the D.L. with a right shoulder contusion. The  initial injury happened when Gordon dove to make a tag in a rundown during the August 7 game. He aggravated it on a swing August 10 and left the game in the middle of an at-bat. He said he felt less pain later but was more concerned because of its recurrence.

  • March 3, 2012: Gordon took a bad hop off the mouth during batting practice and required several stitches to close a gash on his lip.
  • July 4-September 11, 2012: Dee suffered a dislocated right thumb during a head-first slide steal of third base. And it put him on the D.L.

    "I feel like I caught my thumb underneath the base," Gordon said. "It was a weird play and a weird thing happened and I messed up my thumb. It just felt like I hit something real hard. As soon as I got up, I knew I jammed it and when I looked at my batting glove it looked disfigured and then I went in to look at my finger and it wasn't a good sight."

    Gordon wore a neon lime green cast on his right arm until August 2, allowing his wrist and arm to be immobilized so that they could heal. His rehab during this time—he had a coach play soft toss with a real egg three times a week. "If my hands are soft, the egg won't break," said Gordon, who catches the egg with his bare left hand.

  • July 11-27, 2015: Gordon suffered a dislocated left thumb while beating out a hit with a head-first slide. So he had to miss playing for the NL in the All Star Game. And he went on the D.L.

  • May 21-31, 2018: Dee was on the DL with right great toe fracture.

  • April 5, 2019: Gordon left the game in the fourth inning with tightness in his groin.

    "He's feeling much better, but he's not at 100 percent," manager Scott Servais said. "Kind of where we're at in the season, I don't want to do anything crazy where we might lose him for 10 days or so. "He's probably OK to come in later if we need him, but I don't want to start him and then have to pull him out after the fifth inning or so."

    "You trust the veteran guys, but they need to be honest," Servais said. "Talking with him today, he's honest to where he's at, so we'll give him another day."

  • May 21-June 11, 2019: Gordon was placed on the IL with a bruised right wrist.

  • June 15, 2019: Feeling discomfort in the bruised right wrist that recently forced him onto the injured list, Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon was out of the lineup as a precautionary measure. Seattle Manager Scott Servais said that Gordon aggravated his wrist as he slid home to score, one day after his reinstatement from the injured list after missing 19 games. Gordon felt a similar sensation as he slid into second on a successful stolen-base attempt.

    That prompted a discussion between Servais and Gordon, who’s batting .278 in 49 games. “The wrist is not 100, 110 percent [healthy],” said Servais.

  • June 29, 2019: Gordon was removed from the 6-5 loss to the Astros due to a strained left quad muscle. Gordon injured the leg going from first to third on a double by Mallex Smith in the top of the third. He was taken out of the game shortly after failing to cover second base on what would have been an inning-ending grounder by Josh Reddick in the bottom of that inning.

    July 23-Aug 10, 2019: Dee was on the IL with strained left quad.