Dee Gordon began his major league career with the Los Angeles Dodgers midway through the 2011 season. As a natural shortstop, his value to the Dodgers began to decrease with the acquisition of Hanley Ramirez in 2013. He floated in and out of the minors in 2012 and 2013 before the speedy infielder was forced to improve on his fielding as well as his work at the plate if he wanted to see time in a Dodger uniform.

As the most recent offseason came around and the organization acquired Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero, who was assumed to be the starting second baseman come April, Gordon was expected to play a similar role he had in the prior years as a utility man who was called up to the Dodgers every so often. Although he had speed on his side, his inability to get on base was a pressing issue for the organization.

With Guerrero unable to secure his spot as the starting second baseman, Gordon became a main competitor for the job during spring and eventually became part of a platoon with Justin Turner. To everyone’s surprise, Gordon has been considered the main second baseman so far this season and has evolved into a more mature player the Dodgers had never seen before.

In 2014, he has stolen 10 bases in 11 attempts so far and even stole four bases in a single game. Aside from his expected base stealing success, the second baseman is leading the Dodgers with a .355 batting average. For our gratitude to Gordon for his amazing season so far, Dodgers Nation would like to wish him a happy 26th birthday!

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Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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