Dee Gordon

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Dee Gordon
IMG 9661 Dee Gordon.jpg
Gordon with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 9
Infielder
Born: (1988-04-22) April 22, 1988 (age 26)
Windermere, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 6, 2011 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
(through September 13, 2014)
Batting average .271
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 64
Runs 162
Stolen bases 125
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Devaris "Dee" Gordon (born April 22, 1988) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.

Baseball career[edit]

Prep and college[edit]

Despite being the son of Major League pitcher Tom Gordon, the younger Gordon did not take up baseball until his high school years, having previously dedicated himself to basketball. Gordon played at Avon Park High School (like his father), Seminole Community College, and Southeastern University, all in central Florida. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]

Minor leagues[edit]

In 2008, with the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League, he hit .331 in 60 games. With the Great Lakes Loons in 2009, Gordon hit .301 and stole 73 bases. He was named the MVP of the Midwest League, selected to its mid-season and post-season All-Star teams, and selected as its "Prospect of the year".[2][3] The Dodgers also selected him as their "Minor League Player of the Year".[4][5]

In 2010, he was with the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Double-A Southern League and was selected to represent the Lookouts in the All-Star game but was unable to play because he was also selected to the All-Star Futures Game. He hit .277 in 133 games in 2010, while stealing 53 bases and committing 37 errors. He played for Gigantes de Carolina in the Puerto Rico Baseball League after the season. He was assigned to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes at the start of 2011.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

At the start of 2011, he was the Dodgers' best prospect according to Baseball America.[6] After an injury to shortstop Rafael Furcal, the Dodgers purchased Gordon's contract on June 6, 2011 and he made his major league debut in the top of the ninth as a pinch runner against the Philadelphia Phillies that night, and scored a run.[7] His father was in attendance.[8] The next day, in his first start, he had hits in his first three major league at bats and stole a base. In a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 1, 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.[9] Gordon appeared in 56 games for the Dodgers, hitting .304 with 24 stolen bases. He also stole 30 bases for the Isotopes, giving him a total of 54 between the Majors and the Minors in 2011. In just 56 games for the Dodgers, Gordon's 24 stolen bases were tied for the most by a rookie during the 2011 season.[10] He was selected to the Topps All-Star Rookie team.

Gordon hit his first career home run on May 1, 2012, leading off the game against Jhoulys Chacín of the Colorado Rockies. On June 1, 2012, Gordon was part of a Dodgers lineup that featured the sons of five former Major Leaguers (along with Tony Gwynn, Jr., Iván DeJesús, Jr., Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Scott Van Slyke). This was the first time in Major League history that this had occurred. It was also the first time a starting infield of four major league sons had ever occurred: first baseman Van Slyke, second baseman Hairston, third baseman De Jesus and shortstop Gordon.[11] Gordon was leading the league in stolen bases when he tore the UCL in his right thumb on a successful steal of third base on July 4 against the Cincinnati Reds. He did not rejoin the club until September 11, by which time the club had acquired Hanley Ramírez to play shortstop. With his starting spot gone, Gordon was relegated to a pinch running role the remainder of the season. Overall, in 2012, he played in 87 games and hit .228 with 32 steals. After the season, he played for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League.

He began 2013 back in AAA with the Isotopes and was called up to the Dodgers on May 4 after an injury to Ramírez. He played in 19 games, during which he hit a poor .175, and was optioned back to AAA. He rejoined the Dodgers late in the season and was used primarily as a pinch runner. He stole 10 bases in 12 attempts for the Dodgers in 2013 while hitting .231 in 38 games. Later in the season, the Isotopes started playing Gordon at second base and he played center field in the Dominican Winter League in an attempt to improve his versatility.[12]

Gordon beat out Alexander Guerrero to become the Dodgers starting second baseman for the 2014 season. He hit .301 in the first half of the season, while leading the league in triples (9) and steals (42) and he was selected to the National League squad at the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[13] At the All-Star game at Target Field, when Gordon was in the on-deck circle, Derek Jeter told Fox TV commentators how amazing it was to see Dee there, also playing as an All-Star, having first met him at age 5 when his father Tom was then pitching for the Yankees. Gordon had entered the game as a pinch-runner in the fourth inning, and scored the game-tying run. Overall, he went 0-1, but made a strong fielding play at second base, sliding to his right to grab a ground ball to end the sixth inning.[14]

Personal[edit]

Gordon's father is former MLB player Tom Gordon.[15] His brother, Nick Gordon, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. When Devaris was 6 years old, his mother, Devona Strange, was murdered by an ex-boyfriend. Tom Gordon, who had been Devona's high school sweetheart, gained custody of Devaris and raised him with the help of his own mother.[16][17] Dee followed in his father's footsteps when he appeared in the Midwest League All-Star game, just as his father did 21 years before him. [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dodgers Take Strange-Gordon In MLB Draft[dead link]
  2. ^ By Brad Golder / Great Lakes Loons. "Record Seven Loons Named to All-Star Team". Web.minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Gordon named MVP, top prospect". Losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Dodgers name top Minor Leaguers". Losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Dee Gordon Named Dodgers Top Farmhand". Baseballdeworld.com. 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  6. ^ Perrotto, John (2009-12-04). "Los Angeles Dodgers top 10 prospects". Baseballamerica.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  7. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Dodgers Designate Gibbons, Castro For Assignment". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Recap – June 06, 2011 – ESPN". Scores.espn.go.com. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  9. ^ "Gordon gets his stolen-base trifecta". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  10. ^ "Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers voted winner of the Gillette presents National League Rookie of the Month Award for September | dodgers.com: Official Info". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  11. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (2012-06-03). "Dodgers again will be limited financially in amateur draft". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  12. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (October 29, 2013). "Dodgers' Dee Gordon to play center field in Dominican winter league". LA Times. 
  13. ^ Stephen, Eric (July 6, 2014). "Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig lead 4 Dodgers named to All-Star team". truebluela.com. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ Hoornstra, J.P. "Dodgers’ quartet sees mixed results in All-Star game.". Inside the Dodgers. J.P. Hoornstra/Word Press. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Bloch, Teddy (2008-08-06). "Family ties abound with recent draft picks". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  16. ^ http://blogs.delawareonline.com/philledin/2008/05/30/may-30-flash-the-next-generation/
  17. ^ Nightengale, Bob (July 15, 2006). "Gordon ready to lead". USA Today. 
  18. ^ By Matthew Lindner / MiLB.com (2009-06-24). "Notebook: Gordon follows in dad's footsteps". Web.minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 

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