The Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting second baseman Dee Gordon is enjoying every moment of his breakout season. After securing his job coming out of spring training, the 26 year old has shown both offensively and defensively that he is capable of handling himself.
Gordon was on FOX Sports with Rashaun Haylock and discussed a few topics including his first day off since July 5.
When asked about the day of rest, the first-time All-Star was truthful and straightforward:
I needed it. Been playing hard, the whole year. Trying to go about my business every day. I just needed a day.”
This is the Florida native’s first season in which he has played in over 100 games, so the experience is relatively new to him. However with the playing time, Gordon has also capitalized and leads MLB with 51 stolen bases.
Gordon recently stole third base and was asked if or when he would steal home for the first time in his career:
It’d be awesome. But I got Puig, Hanley, Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, and Carl Crawford. I can’t steal home and if I get out stealing home with them hitting, I’m in trouble.”
In this his fourth season, Gordon pointed to his speed and how it’s helped him flourish. According to Gordon, he has the green light from manager Don Mattingly at all times but tries to be selective when he runs.
Gordon then discussed the Dodgers roster that’s full of talented players and the benefit in playing alongside them:
First off, I ain’t no superstar. It’s awesome. Them guys are awesome. They teach you. They’ve been through what I’ve been through and have made a name for themselves.”
On the season, Gordon is batting .295, with 26 RBIs and has a .344 on-base percentage. Along with leading MLB in stolen bases, Gordon has also hit the most triples.
Gordon’s continued success from the leadoff position has been a major plus for the Dodgers and his ability to steal bases at a high clip has added significant threat to their offense.