The people there don't cut the grass.

"Get the hell out of my house! For the season, he had the highest ground ball percentage (57.6%), and the lowest fly ball percentage (19.6%), of all major league hitters. His mother was shot and killed when he was just seven years old. He became the first Dodger player since Harvey Hendrick in 1928 and the first Major Leaguer since Jayson Werth on May 12, 2009 to accomplish that feat. I miss it if I am not even playing it that day. "I would do my homework and mess around until my mom came home," he says. “I’ve never walked in a locker room where young guys have positions,” he said. My decision to play baseball never wavered at all. First Name Dee #9. Both mother and son survived the birth—though it didn't go perfectly.

Sometimes, however, the bad does not fade. PEORIA, Ariz. -- Dee Gordon understands the youth movement at home.

"I was talking to the policeman. ", "I looked at her," Gordon recalls. To those close to him, he is known as "Varis," a shortened version of Devaris. [29] At the All-Star game at Target Field, when Gordon was in the on-deck circle, Derek Jeter told Fox TV commentators how amazing it was to see Dee there, also playing as an All-Star, having first met him at age 15 when his father Tom was then pitching for the Yankees. When is she going to get here? he asked. "I already know that's going to happen and, let's be honest, that guy's probably going to do it again. He didn't start playing baseball seriously until he was a teenager and had left the area, after his father and uncles—Tom has three brothers—re-entered his life in Avon Park. Shortstops. The apartment complex in which he and his mother lived has been torn down. I love this game too much. "Best six years of my life," Gordon says. He has his agent working on it "so it can be a little more clean.

[28], Gordon beat out Alex Guerrero to become the Dodgers starting second baseman for the 2014 season. In a silver frame on a dresser in his bedroom is a picture of him and his mama at her graduation, both of them resplendent in white. I play in the big leagues.

“He’s trying to put them on his back every night,” Gordon said. It didn't end well.

Incidentally for those of you that don’t know, Dee Gordon’s father, is former MLB closer Tom Gordon (Flash Sr.) Devona Strange was Tom Gordon’s girlfriend in high school and when Tom was just starting his career in the major leagues.

“Dee is very driven,” Servais said. [31] He was selected as a Sporting News National League all-star. His "village," he calls them. "Do you?". More often than not, when domestic violence is reported, what is discussed publicly is the physical abuse. It was an accident.". [24] The next day, in his first start, he had hits in his first three major league at bats and had a stolen base. “It didn’t take a pandemic for me to miss baseball. We are sitting on the back porch of the 10,000-square-foot home he purchased here this offseason. Even before (my daughter) came, before even last year ended, I started working toward this year.”. Coming into Thursday, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was leading baseball in hits (88) and batting average (.356) after leading MLB with 64 stolen bases and 12 triples last season. With the Great Lakes Loons in 2009, Gordon hit .301 and stole 73 bases.

"He was doing what he could, I guess.". He’s open to that. Not everything makes sense or adds up. He's taken under-the-radar missionary trips in each of the past four winters—the latest to Africa in December.

The boyfriend pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to five years in prison. In 2020, he batted .200/.268/.213 and stole three bases in 33 games. [48][49] For the 2018 season Gordon batted .268/.288/.349 with four home runs in 556 at bats. With the Dodgers, Strange-Gordon was primarily a shortstop and second baseman, and with the Marlins, he was primarily a second baseman. "Hell, no.

He and DeVona grew up together in Avon Park and, after high school, Tom went off to chase his baseball career, and DeVona became a single mother. If you remember all the way back to February (which perhaps seems like a lifetime ago), you might recall that Dee Gordon was a late arrival in Mariners camp for the best of reasons as his wife … In 2020, he announced that he will change his last name from Gordon to Strange-Gordon to honor his late mother, DeVona Denise Strange. Wanting to cover the speedster, we thought there's a much more interesting story when it comes to how Flash Jr. grew up. "[43], In 2016 he batted .268/.305/.335 with one home run. [33] Gordon recorded his 50th hit of the season in the Marlins' 28th game on May 7, 2015, tying Rogers Hornsby's 1924 Major League record for fewest team games required to reach 50 hits. LA comes back from down 3-1 to beat Braves in NLCS Game 7, will face Tampa Bay Rays, Ranking the 10 best teams from this century in order, Tampa scores one for depth and creativity, for stubbornness and ingenuity, Dee Gordon and his grandmother, Gwendolyn Caitt, Roberto Osuna after his trade from the Blue Jays to the Astros. He also stole 30 bases for the Isotopes, giving him a total of 54 between the majors and the minors in 2011.

No, he said. [8][12] He received a scholarship offer to play college basketball for the Louisville Cardinals. Where Gordon comes from, there was no travel ball or backyard batting cage. Tom Gordon definitely helped out with that even though he was playing ball, and the rest of Dee’s family seems to have been very good for him while he grew up.

Full July schedule: Mariners Classics nightly at 7 p.m. on 710, Mariners notebook: Dee Gordon balancing his strong commitment to both family and baseball, Dee Gordon has been perhaps the Mariners' most diligent mask-wearer. He wants to win.”, In a young clubhouse, Gordon also has plenty to offer as a veteran voice entering his 10th season in the majors. Gordon: What is … Two days after he crashed the dumbbell into his mother's boyfriend's head to stop the choking, Gordon was riding the school bus home when he and his friends looked out and saw a commotion at the front gate of his apartment complex. Despite the challenges presented in attempting to play baseball in a pandemic, for Gordon there was no thought given to not playing. She was so sweet. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. That was her baby. Required fields are marked *. ", "Do you want me to leave, little man?" It is appreciation, but Gordon insists it is not a new appreciation. “I was just happy to be there, happy for my daughter to be healthy, happy for Jojo to be healthy. It sucks. He tells them, "Just because you are a statistic, it doesn't mean you have to be a statistic.". "I went into the bushes to get it, and there was my dog," Gordon says. [34] After 28 games, Gordon led the major leagues with a .437 batting average. Most Popular #31923. “It’s more to keep my daughter and family protected,” he pointed out.