Today is the day Dee Gordon makes his return to the Miami Marlins. Before getting a chance to get back on the field for the NL East contending Marlins, Gordon took to Twitter to release an apology video to the fans for putting himself in position to be suspended for 80 games.
Gordon was suspended by Major League Baseball in late April for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Gordon tested positive for exogenous testosterone and clostebol during Spring Training. He attempted to file an appeal before ultimately dropping it and following through on the suspension terms.
Gordon chose an interesting outlet to share his apology to fans. Gordon, who has not tweeted since three days prior to his suspension, shared his video apology on Twitter via Uninterrupted.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) July 28, 2016
“I feel like I’ve been a good person, but now I need to be a great one,” Gordon said. “You have to hold yourself accountable for your standards of living and for training. I didn’t hold myself accountable for any of that.”
“Don’t give up on me,” Gordon later added. “I will earn your trust and your support by my playing and my actions in the community. I will learn from this mistake and turn this negative into a positive.”
Gordon’s return comes at a good time for the Marlins. After getting off to a good start after the All-Star Break, the Marlins hold the lead for the second spot in the National League Wild Card standings. Adding Gordon back to the lineup should be a comforting move as long as he can knock off the rust he is sure to have.
Gordon got off to a sluggish start before the suspension, and it remains to be seen if he will be ready to go with his All-Star level of play he showed off the previous two seasons. If he gets rolling though, watch out for these Marlins. They are not going to fade away.