After all of the NFL Draft hysteria had died down Thursday night, MLB dropped a major surprise with the announcement that Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has tested positive for PEDs and would be suspended for 80 games starting immediately.
Now, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the positive test came during spring training and Gordon has spent the early part of this season trying to fight it. He dropped his appeal after the Marlins beat the Dodgers Thursday night.
This is the Dee Gordon statement, just released through the players' union: pic.twitter.com/j9ChxExyoJ
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Gordon will lose about $1.65 million in salary and is now ineligible for the postseason, should the Marlins surprise the world and make it. Though that seems even more unlikely with the defending National League batting champ suspended.
“I really have nothing else to say,” third baseman Martin Prado said, according to the Miami Herald. “We had a great series, and we played good baseball, the whole team. We have to continue to do that. We have a game tomorrow, and we’re going to play good baseball against a pretty good team, and we want to keep that streak going.”
“Dee Gordon is a very important part of our team, and we all love him and support him,” Marlins president David Samson said. “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.”
This is the second notable PED suspension in MLB over the past week, as Blue Jays outfielder Chris Colabello was suspended 80 games for PED use on April 22.