5 reasons Marlins fans should be pumped for more Dee Gordon
Dee Gordon and the Marlins agreed to a five-year, $50 million deal on Wednesday, although the club has yet to confirm. A live offseason feed that follows Dee Gordon around 24 hours per day showed he was pretty excited:
But why should YOU be excited, Marlins fans? Well, here are five quick and wonderful reasons we came up with below.
He's kind of fast:
Gordon has led his league (and yes, that league incldudes Billy Hamilton) in steals the last two seasons with 64 in 2014 and 58 in 2015. He was also tops in the Majors with 12 triples in 2014 and hit the first inside-the-park home run in Marlins Park history last June:
He can play a bit of DEEfense:
His .992 fielding percentage and 1.8 dWAR were second in all of baseball at his position in 2015. His speed and athleticism make it nearly impossible for anybody to sneak a base hit past him:
And his hops, well, let's talk about his hops:
He knows when to hit and when not to hit
Gordon has improved every year since 2013 in hits, doubles, homers, RBI, batting average, OBP and slugging. He led the Senior Circuit in hits (205) and average (.333) in 2015. He also knows when NOT to swing the bat and waste energy:
Where will he level off? Will he ever level off? Only time will tell.
He seems like a really cool guy
Whether it's talking to 93-year-old fans, singing karaoke to Usher or breaking Kit-Kats for Giancarlo Stanton to snack on, he just seems like a fun guy to hang out with. Just be careful if you're doing any interviews in his general vicinity:
He's already drawing comparisons to some of the greats
Jackie Robinson and Rogers Hornsby, to be exact.
Gordon led the National League in average and steals in 2015 -- a feat not accomplished by any player since Robinson's 1949 campaign.
After recording his 50th hit in his team's 28th game last season, Flash Jr. tied Hornsby's 1924 record for fewest games to reach the 50-hit plateau.