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Dee developed in flash as youth in Florida

Dodgers second baseman didn't start playing until senior year in high school

Dee Gordon, 2B, Dodgers
Windermere, Fla.

Raised mostly by his grandmother and uncles, if Dee Gordon saw his father, it was often on TV or at the ballpark -- not that he had a problem with it.

"When I was young, he was playing and trying to establish himself the way I'm doing now," Gordon told earlier this season. "And I always respect that."

Gordon has followed in his father's footsteps to the Major Leagues. Tom Gordon pitched for 21 years with eight teams, going to three All-Star Games. Dee, the Dodgers' starting second baseman, went to his first All-Star Game this season, living up to his father's "Flash" nickname with his speedy play.

Despite having a father in the big leagues, Dee didn't start playing baseball until his senior year at Avon Park High School in Florida, and he was drafted in 2008 after a strong year at Southeastern University, also in Florida. His brother, Nick, was drafted No. 5 overall by the Twins in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for
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