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PostPosted: Wed 5/4/16 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, back to the "good guy" who was caught, here's what Dylan Hernandez wrote in the Times over the weekend:

"How a Good Guy like Dee Gordon Turned into a Villain"

When Miami Marlins Manager Don Mattingly spoke to reporters about Dee Gordonís 80-game drug suspension for the first time, he didnít sound irritated, as he often does when questioned about something unpleasant.

Mattingly was heartbroken. You could see it in his eyes, hear it in his voice.

ďI feel like heís one of my kids, to be honest with you,Ē said Mattingly, who also managed Gordon with the Dodgers.

Mattingly almost certainly wasnít alone. Gordon would be likable in any segment of society, but his personality especially stood out in baseball, where a number of players are self-absorbed and emotionally underdeveloped. The mistake was in thinking someone like this would be above cheating.

Gordonís positive test was a reminder of an uncomfortable truth about human nature, which is that everyone has a price. With millions of dollars at stake, it would be incredibly naÔve to think only the complete scoundrels would cheat. Offer a reward thatís extreme enough and it will compromise even the most admirable of constitutions.

Even Gordonís, evidently.

Gordon is one of the warmest and most polite players in his sport, which in and of itself says a lot about who he is. He lost his mother when he was 6 óshe was murdered by a boyfriend ó and could have become bitter or downcast. He had the fortitude instead to develop a consistently upbeat persona.

Some players with positive images are friendly in front of television cameras but nowhere else. Others are selective with whom they interact, engaging primarily with those who can enhance their public profiles.

Gordon never displayed that kind of cynicism. He traded jokes and talking about sneakers with Japanese reporters who never wrote about him. He never attempted to magnify his status by pretending not to know someoneís name.

So when Gordon emerged as a star last year in the wake of his trade to the Marlins, almost everyone in the game was delighted for him. He topped the National League in both hitting and steals, becoming the first player to do so since Jackie Robinson in 1949.

One of the good guys had won.

But now this happened.

Gordon inflicted further damage to his reputation Friday when he released a statement saying he didnít know how anabolic steroids entered his system, which is baseballís equivalent of the-dog-ate-my-homework excuse.

If Gordon could cross that invisible line separating the players who donít cheat from the ones who do, what would stop anyone else?

Fair or not, everyone is now a suspect.

If the past decade dispelled myths about what a steroid userís body should look like, Gordonís suspicion did the same for what a steroid userís personality profile should be.

And, really, as disappointing as it is, it shouldnít be a surprise.

It was only two years ago that Gordon went to spring training as a player without a place on the Dodgers roster. Displaced by Hanley Ramirez as the starting shortstop, he had spent the majority of the previous season in the minor leagues. His existence as a professional athlete was in danger.

Gordon is now in the first year of a five-year, $50-million contract. His suspension will cost him only $1.6 million.

Provided he didnít start using drugs this year, his decision to run afoul the rules was a no-brainer of business decision.

The last time I saw Andrew Friedman, I jokingly introduced him to someone as ďthe guy who traded Dee Gordon.Ē

I suppose I should take this opportunity to apologize to Friedman, as well as Dodgers General Manager Farhan Zaidi, who had to listen to me make wisecracks about Gordon over the last however many months.

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PostPosted: Thu 5/12/16 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raul Mondesi, Jr. is the latest to be suspended for violation of PED policy.
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PostPosted: Thu 6/2/16 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now, Marlon Byrd...for a full season.
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PostPosted: Thu 8/25/16 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see it was not posted about, but there was news last week about Ryan Howard being cleared.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/18/17 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the first bump for the 2017 season!--Pirates CF Starling Marte has been suspended for 80 games. Big blow for the Bucs.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/18/17 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu 4/20/17 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Sports on Earth: fact vs. fiction.
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PostPosted: Tue 3/20/18 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two more big suspensions, Bonifacio and Polanco.
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PostPosted: Tue 5/15/18 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now, Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games.

Seriously...???
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PostPosted: Fri 5/18/18 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder what it is that makes these guys think they do not have to check to be absolutely sure, with their agent like they are advised. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu 5/24/18 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now it's Welington Castillo! The White Sox catcher has been suspended for 80 games for use of a banned substance.

The beat goes on...
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