How’s this for a strange night at the ballpark: Former Dodger Dee Gordon delivered the game-winning hit Thursday, ensuring a four-game sweep by the Miami Marlins, then was suspended 80 games for performance enhancing drug use minutes after the game.
The Dodgers’ outfielders are taking advantage of analytics and NFL-style meetings.
One other player on the Dodgers’ payroll won a Gold Glove today: Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon. The Dodgers agreed to pay Gordon’s 2015 salary ($2.5 million) when they traded him to the Marlins last winter in a three-team deal that helped them acquire Howie Kendrick, Chris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes. Gordon also led the National League in batting average (.333).
It would be really, really easy to congratulate Brandon Beachy for simply making it back to pitch in a major-league game Saturday, but he wasn’t in the mood after the Dodgers lost 7-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez leads all National League first basemen in All-Star balloting. Gonzalez has 929,016 votes as of this morning. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is second, with 489,255.
Gonzalez leads all qualifying MLB first basemen in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.646) and OPS (1.071). His 35 RBIs are second only to Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona.
If he wins the fan vote, he’ll be the first Dodgers first baseman to do so since Steve Garvey (1974-80).
MLB only releases the top five vote-getters at every position, except the outfield. Only second baseman Howie Kendrick (third), and outfielders Joc Pederson (sixth) and Yasiel Puig (13th) showed up on Wednesday’s list of leading vote-getters.