Defending National League batting champion Dee Gordon was suspended 80 games early Friday morning after he tested positive for two types of performance-enhancing drugs, Major League Baseball announced in disciplining the Miami Marlins’ second baseman.
Gordon, a two-time All-Star who in the offseason signed a five-year, $50 million contract extension after hitting .333, was found to have taken exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, a modified form of testosterone.
The 28-year-old Gordon, one of the slightest players in the game at 5-foot-11 and 171 pounds, thrived in Miami after his trade there last season from Los Angeles and won a stolen base title in addition to his batting crown. Gordon, the son of former major league pitcher Tom Gordon, was hitting .267/.283/.344 with six stolen bases and his typically solid defense for the Marlins, who inched back to within a game of .500 on Thursday night.
Gordon’s suspension is the second surprising one within a week after Toronto’s Chris Colabello received 80 games after testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. In an interview with SportsNet, he maintained he did not know how the drug entered his system. Gordon is the fifth major league player suspended for PEDs this season, after Colabello, Phillies pitcher Daniel Stumpf, Indians outfielder Abraham Almonte and Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia, who received a lifetime ban after his third positive test.