Marlins’ Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for violating PED policy

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Dee Gordon said in a statement that he unknowingly ingested a prohibited substance. (AP Photo)
Dee Gordon said in a statement that he unknowingly ingested a prohibited substance. (AP Photo)

Marlins President David Samson expressed “huge disappointment” in All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, who has been suspended 80 games without pay effective immediately for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

“Dee Gordon is a very important part of our team, and we all love him and support him,” Samson told reporters in Los Angeles early Friday after the Marlins had completed a four-game sweep of the Dodgers.

“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.

“He will be back 80 games from now, and he will be welcomed back to this organization. But in the interim period, we expect him and we are positive that he will do everything that’s necessary to make it up to his fans, to his teammates and to this organization.”

Gordon, the reigning NL batting champion who is hitting .266 in 21 games for the 10-11 Marlins, issued a statement this morning through the Major League Baseball Players Association.

It read:

    “Though I did not do so knowingly, I have been informed that test results showed I ingested something that contained prohibited substances. The hardest part about this is feeling that I have let down my teammates, the organization, and the fans. I have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20+ tests that I have taken and passed throughout my career prove this. I made a mistake and I accept the consequences.”

Gordon, 28, is in his sixth season in the majors, second in Miami. He signed a five-year, $50 million contract in January and will lose $1.65 million in salary during the suspension. Last season, Gordon hit .333 and led the majors with 58 stolen bases.

The suspension was announced after Miami’s 5-3 victory over the Dodgers, its fifth straight win that completed a four-game sweep in L.A. The series marked Marlins’ first-year manager Don Mattingly’s first trip back to L.A. after five years as manager of the Dodgers.

Mattingly managed Gordon for three years in L.A. before Gordon was traded to Miami in December 2014.

“These guys love Dee, and we’re going to support him,” Mattingly told reporters after Thursday’s game. “I feel like Dee’s one of my kids, to be honest with you, because I’ve known him so long. So we’re going to love him, and then we’re going to support him. He’s been a big part of the success that we’ve had.”

MLB, Marlins reveal special event uniforms for 2016 season

Major League Baseball released new designs Wednesday for the 2016 season’s special holiday jerseys and caps, including those for your hometown Miami Marlins.

And unlike previous seasons — where slick, updated looks were created for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and the All-Star Game — there are Mother’s and Father’s Day designs, as well.

Per Cincinnati.com:

MLB, Majestic and New Era worked together to create the new designs, according to a press release from MLB, and the league will donate licensed uniform royalties to Susan G. Komen (Mother’s Day), Prostate Cancer Foundation (Father’s Day), Stand Up to Cancer (Mother’s Day and Father’s Day), Welcome Back Veterans (Memorial Day and Independence Day) and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ “Support Our Troops Fund” (Blue Jays’ Memorial Day uniforms).

But what do they look like?

Below are the Marlins’ versions of the holiday jerseys and caps along with links to full galleries of the special designs for each Major League team (all courtesy of MLB.com).

Enjoy, and let us know what you think of the Marlins looks.


Mother’s Day 2016 

MLB.com says: “They’ll look the same as teams’ usual uniforms, but as if they’ve been dipped in pink, for Mother’s Day.”

Galleries: Jerseys | Caps

(Courtesy of mlb.com)

(Courtesy of mlb.com)


Father’s Day 2016

MLB.com says: “…And Father’s Day blue.”

Galleries: Jerseys | Caps

(Courtesy of mlb.com)

(Courtesy of mlb.com)


Memorial Day 2016

MLB.com says: “Those themed get-ups will join the usual camouflage designs for Memorial Day — which will utilize a new woodland camouflage design licensed by the U.S. Marine Corps.”

Galleries: Jerseys | Caps

(Courtesy of mlb.com)

(Courtesy of mlb.com)


Fourth of July/Canada Day 2016

MLB.com says: “And flag-themed caps and jerseys for U.S.-based teams on July Fourth. Proceeds from the Memorial Day and Independence Day uniforms will benefit Welcome Back Veterans. The Blue Jays uniform will feature Maple Leaf designs on the cap, incorporating the colors of the Canadian flag. Those will also be worn on Canada Day, July 1.”

Galleries: Jerseys | Caps

(Courtesy of mlb.com)

(Courtesy of mlb.com)


2016 Home Run Derby 

MLB.com says: “…And Home Run Derby caps and uniforms, which are inspired by the beloved retro Padres uniforms.”

Gallery: Caps and Jerseys

(Courtesy of mlb.com)

(Courtesy of mlb.com)


2016 All-Star Game

Gallery: Caps

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Live blog: Detroit Tigers at Miami Marlins on Opening Night

We’ll be covering the Miami Marlins’ season opener tonight against the Detroit Tigers from top to bottom. We’ll have photos, inside information and much more.

Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (9) runs the bases at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida on March 3, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (9) runs the bases at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida on March 3, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

So let’s start at the top: Here’s the Marlins lineup for the opener.

  1. Dee Gordon, 2B
  2. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  3. Christian Yelich, LF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  5. Martin Prado, 3B
  6. Justin Bour, 1B
  7. J.T. Realmuto, C
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  9. Wei-Yin Chen, P

Meet the 2016 Miami Marlins: Interactive

As the 2016 baseball season is set to begin, we take a look at the Miami Marlins and their projected batting order, bench players and pitching staff.

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