The stunning news broke only minutes after the Dodger’s humiliating 5-3 defeat and sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins was not only shocking but largely entertaining. Former Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for PEDs.
Think about that for a second. Little man Dee Gordon, doing steroids. It’s almost hilarious. Think about how stupid this week has been. The Dodgers play some of the worst baseball we have seen in years getting swept by Don Mattingly’s lowly Marlins. Then after the final game Dee Gordon is busted for roids. You can’t script this stuff.
What’s even more stupid is how all of the moneyball kids are now claiming that Andrew Friedman must have known about Gordon’s positive PED test. That must be why he was traded they claim. They’re shouting with glee. “That Gordon trade is looking pretty good now isn’t it”? No, it still sucks. It will continue to suck, long after the juice drains from Dee Gordon’s python twig arms. I would rather have a juiced up Gordon than the flotsam the Dodgers got in that trade.
To suggest that Friedman knew all along suggests that there was some kind of collusion. If the Dodgers knew of his roiding and didn’t tell the Marlins, wouldn’t they be in some trouble with the commissioner’s office? Wouldn’t old man Joe Torre cry Evita or something? Just imagine if the news came forward that the Dodgers had inside knowledge of Gordon’s roids and didn’t report it, or disclose it. Or even worse that the Marlins also knew and didn’t do anything. Rob Manfred’s head would probably explode.
To think that is totally misguided. We don’t know why Friedman traded Gordon in the winter of 2014. I think I can guess though. If I had to guess it would probably have something to do with the moneyball guys not valuing base running. The stat nerds hate stolen bases. They want their clubs to be as station to station as possible. No need for base running or speed on our teams no thank you.
We don’t know when Gordon was roiding. We did notice him bulk up around 2014, but we don’t know if that was via steroids or not. Maybe he was juicing in 2014, or maybe he didn’t start juicing at all until 2015. Whatever the case, to think that Friedman dumped him to the Fish because he knew of Gordon’s substance problem is delusional. That’s all I have to say about that.
We now return you to the Dodgers regularly scheduled train wreck.