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Friday, April 29, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: DEE GORDON'S 2015 RISE LOOKS LIKE PED AIDED, OWNERS LEFT IN LURCH AFTER 80-GAME SUSPENSION

In what can only be described as monster/blockbuster news, Miami Marlins All-Star second baseman and 2015 batting title winner Dee Gordon was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for TWO banned steroid substances.  The suspension is effective immediately and as a result, his fantasy baseball owners are shattered over the loss of their stolen base/runs/average dynamo.  Flat out, not only is Gordon a moron for getting caught up in this and being quite possibly the biggest name since Alex Rodriguez to get suspended but clearly one can surmise that his shocking batting title in 2015 was steroid aided like Ryan Braun's MVP award during his spectacular video game campaign before he too went down under a positive test.  Myself and the rest of the fantasy baseball industry spoke often early last season that the sky-high average Gordon was putting up in April and May would eventually correct itself as the guy did nothing but struggle terribly in that department during his early days with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In fact Gordon was so bad that his future was being questioned as a player and it looked like he would be nothing more than a bench runner for late innings.  After all Gordon batted a pitiful .228 and .234 his first two seasons as a regular before all of a sudden things turned around.  A .289 performance in 2014 was a nice development but then the .333 mark last seasons was crazy good and now can be surmised was due to the juice.  Depended on to rule the stolen base category with his 60-plus thefts while also supplying high numbers in average and runs, Gordon is now done until late summer which takes a sledgehammer to his fantasy baseball owners' outlook.  Again you can't believe how stupid these guys can be sometimes but Gordon looks like the case of a guy whose career was in peril because he couldn't hit but soon turned to something to help keep him in and then develop into a star in the majors.  Stash him but I don't blame anyone if you cut him out of anger. 



 

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