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Friday, September 09, 2011

True Blue L.A.: Dee Gordon Fast Becoming A Favorite

Dee Gordon. Giddy.

Dee Gordon is a fascinating study in head versus heart in baseball fandom. He had four more hits on Thursday, giving him 16 hits in 31 at-bats in his last seven games since getting activated from the disabled list. But even with his hot streak, on the season he is batting only .296/.306/.352. To be fair to Gordon though, National League shortstops this season are hitting .260/.314/.372 so his production holds up decently enough.

There are reasons for concern with Gordon at the plate, even during his hot streak. In 145 plate appearances, he has just two walks against 22 strikeouts, and has gone 93 PA since his last walk. Earlier this season, during Gordon’s first stint with the Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly noticed pitchers were challenging the 150-pound Gordon more in MLB than they were in Triple A. “They throw strikes here. They’re going to force him to swing the bat,” Mattingly said.

...While I remain skeptical of Gordon’s offensive production, I must confess something: I can’t look away when he is at the plate.

Gordon’s speed is intoxicating. I have watched the Dodgers pretty religiously since 1985 and Gordon is the fastest player I have ever seen in a Dodger uniform. If you don’t pay attention when Dee is at the plate or on the bases, you might just miss out on something great.

Repoz Posted: September 09, 2011 at 02:49 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: September 09, 2011 at 06:39 AM (#3920056)
I haven't seen Gordon enough, but what's the impression on his glove? That seems to be what will make or break him as it doesn't look like he'll contribute very much on offense even if he hits .300.
   2. Tripon Posted: September 09, 2011 at 06:48 AM (#3920057)
Gordon's range is fantastic, but can make dumb errors. If he was Latin American, people would say he was making 'lazy' plays.
   3. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: September 09, 2011 at 07:30 AM (#3920059)
Gordon is black. Black people might not be as lazy as Latinos, but we all know they're lazy. If only he were white, he could be forgiven for overthinking and being overaggressive. Oh well.
   4. Frisco Cali Posted: September 09, 2011 at 01:59 PM (#3920142)
He looks like he will never gain weight. What a skinny dude. Like I was after college. 6'0", 145 lbs.
   5. Bruce Markusen Posted: September 10, 2011 at 01:02 AM (#3920741)
Prior to Gordon, the fastest guys I've seen play MLB are:

Willie Wilson
Mickey Rivers
Larry Lintz
Joey Gathright

Two pretty good players, a bench player, and a fringe player. But all fun to watch.
   6. Srul Itza Posted: September 10, 2011 at 01:48 AM (#3920800)
Mickey Rivers was one of my favorite players. He would tear down the first base line to beat out an infield single, and then walk back to the base like he had suddenly been stricken with arthritis or pulled both hamstrings. Then on the next pitch, he would steal second.

Helluva a character. Remember his comment about Reggie -- No wonder you're all mixed up. You got a white man's first name, a Spanish man's second name and a black man's third name
   7. FrankM Posted: September 10, 2011 at 02:07 AM (#3920824)
Prior to Gordon, the fastest guys I've seen play MLB are:

Willie Wilson
Mickey Rivers
Larry Lintz
Joey Gathright


I would add Deion Sanders.
   8. bigboy1234 Posted: September 10, 2011 at 03:08 AM (#3920843)
Is he really faster than Rajai Davis?

Anyways, Vince Coleman and Otis Nixon have to be on any fastest list.
   9. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: September 10, 2011 at 03:29 AM (#3920868)
Helluva a character. Remember his comment about Reggie -- No wonder you're all mixed up. You got a white man's first name, a Spanish man's second name and a black man's third name


My favorite from the Mick was:

"Ain't no sense worrying about things you got no control over, 'cause if you got no control over them, ain't no sense worrying. And ain't no sense worrying about things you got control over, 'cause if you got control over them, ain't no sense worrying."
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2011 at 04:29 AM (#3920891)
Fastest I've seen:
Jarrod Dyson
Nook Logan
Tom Goodwin
Gerald Young
Bo Jackson
Gary Pettis
The Nixon Brothers

Donnell Nixon seemed faster to me than brother Otis, although I think its because Otis looked like he was 73. Its weird that Donnell never had Otis' career.

Dee is former pitcher Tom Gordon's son in case anyone didn't know.
   11. Tripon Posted: September 10, 2011 at 04:52 AM (#3920896)
Dee Gordon has legit 80 speed. Don't know what Rajah Davis grades to.

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