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This Is How Dee Gordon Apparently Ruined His 2013 Season

As you’ve no doubt heard, MLB has approved a new rule limiting home plate collisions between runners and catchers, and the reaction from Dodger backstops has been mixed at best. J.P. Hoornsta took a different approach, asking Dee Gordon for his opinion as a runner, and Gordon dropped an interesting tidbit, claiming that he was in favor of the rule partially because Arizona catcher Miguel Montero apparently caused Gordon to injure his ankle on a play at the plate last spring:

“The ball wasn’t even there and he blocked the plate,” said Gordon, who weighed about 160 pounds at the time. “It was kind of dirty, especially for spring training. He blocked it. I slid. We collided, then the ball came past.”

and:

Rule 7.13 comes a year too late for Gordon, who suffered a significant ankle injury in the collision and didn’t feel 100 percent again until midseason.

“I was really messed up. I shouldn’t have played Opening Day in Triple-A,” he said. “Yeah, I like (the rule). It’ll help me.”

That’s fascinating, because while we heard about the ankle briefly last year, the idea that it bothered him for half the year is new. (The idea that noted enemy of the Dodgers Montero would do something termed “dirty” is not fascinating, new, or surprising at all.)

But first, through the magic of MLB.tv archives, the play in question. Gordon attempted to score from second on a Carl Crawford single, and…

…well, that was ugly. I’d love to totally throw Montero under the bus there, but it does seem pretty clear he was reaching for the ball, and it’s not like Gordon was taking a particularly graceful route to the plate. His memory of “colliding before the ball came past” appears to be mostly faulty. However, you can see that he is limping a bit on his way back to the dugout:

…and Vin Scully notes he looks “shaken up.” Anyway, the point here is less to argue about the play at the plate than it is to note that Gordon claims he was hurt for half the season, to the point that he shouldn’t have been playing on Opening Day. We’ve seen this happen so, so many times, that a player tries to play through pain and ends up hurting both himself and the team — to pick one of many, here’s Jerry Hairston — and it also makes projections difficult, since so many times we never know this information.

For what it’s worth, Gordon hit .314/.397/.431 in 117 Triple-A plate appearances before being recalled by the Dodgers on May 4, where he then hit .175/.278/.254 in 73 plate appearances before being sent back. It sure seems like that’s less about any ankle issues and more about not being good enough to hit in the major leagues, which has been proven time and again over the last three years. But early –extremely early — reports on his 2014 commitment and added bulk have been good, starting with a leadoff homer against Hyun-jin Ryu in Sunday’s intrasquad game.

We’ve seen him impress in small samples and against lesser competition before, of course, so none of that matters yet. Still, I’d say it’s safely more than a 50/50 shot that he’s active for at least the Australia series — Matt Kemp not going helps free up a roster spot — and probably at least even that he breaks the start of the regular season back home on the roster. Hopefully, he can finally be useful. Even more hopefully, maybe he can avoid Montero while he’s in Australia.


About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


652 comments
Lobo
Lobo

I love the fact that it is actually called "bozo" by Livefyre.  It's not just a name we came up with, that's actually what they call it

MalkinCookies
MalkinCookies

Dodgers play today? Cool, so do the Buccos. They play the Yankee$ I believe

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

so yeah, baseball i can't watch, but for now it's because i'm work and even i draw the line at watching fake baseball at work. it's still lame. 

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

goat in case the link got spamfiltered drank's blog is "think purple drank dot tumblr dot com"

DodgerBytes
DodgerBytes

Ranch dressing contains titanium dioxide to keep it white -- Titanium dioxide is also used in most sunscreens and might be a carcinogen.

enjoy

Weston T
Weston T

Was DK reinstated for this article?

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

So, on my drive this morning I made the mistake of turning on local (KC) sports radio...teased with the lead "And we'll tell you how out of touch baseball is" I kept listening...ended up being a long meandering complaint about the Dodgers SNLA contract with TWC.

DodgerBytes
DodgerBytes

With so few ST games, I guess we can expect people to get sent down or cut rather quickly.

Shroom
Shroom

Just renewed MLB.tv premium for the year. Oof.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Disgruntled Goat  it's fake baseball, but it's still baseball, and you can at least start to see what Guerrero looks like.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Also is bad for you and kinda gross tasting.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

He complained about it on twitter. Does that count?

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

Then, they suggested proposed changes to make baseball more 'relevant' and, of course, all the changes were things that would immediately help the royals be more competitive (split the season into first half and second half winners, create a salary cap/floor), and ignores the fact that the royals limitations are imposed by an owner that makes a killing every year and could easily afford to put more money into the on field product, but doesnt and then blames teams like the dodgers for making it impossible to compete, also ignores the fact that a large portion of the dodgers tv deal goes back into the mlb common fund, that the dodgers will be paying a luxury tax, some of which goes back to the royals, and they have a general revenue sharing agreement in place that helps the royals more than it helps teams like the dodgers.

Shroom
Shroom

Actually, it's not the bad if you consider the amount of entertainment you're getting per dollar. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DBrim  i make buttermilk ranch style dressing at home and it's quite tasty, i have to source my titanium dioxide internationally tho. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DBrim  gmail allows you to filter specific emails directly into the trash. i have done this. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Better you than me, I guess.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i know better than to ask for a link in these parts, i assume it will show up at some point. 

Shroom
Shroom

@TellMyWifeISaidHello @Catfistin  The broadcast quality is usually pretty poor. And I'm not sure if I'd want to watch full games just to see flashes of Joc, Lee, and Addison Russell.