In 38 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season Dee Gordon hit .234 with just 10 stolen bases. It was another disappointing season for Gordon as he continued to struggle playing at the Major League level.
It’s been an entirely different story for Gordon this season after he successfully completed the transition from shortstop to second base during Spring Training.
On Sunday’s All-Star Selection Show, Gordon was selected to his first career All-Star Game. According to Brent W. New of ESPN, Gordon was emotional after learning the news:
I can’t put it into words,” said Gordon, who is hitting .301 with a league-lead 42 stolen bases through 84 games. “I couldn’t sleep last night and I probably won’t be able to sleep tonight, either. I felt like crying when I heard; I didn’t actually cry, almost did, but I kept it together.”
This season, Gordon has already more hits, runs, and RBIs than he had in 135 games played during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ speedster has been a spark atop the lineup as the Dodgers made the climb to the top of the NL West standings.
Despite his success and All-Star selection, Gordon remains focused on improving:
I want to keep going,” he said. “There’s a long season ahead, and I want to keep going and get better with this team.”
Gordon is one of four players in MLB history to have at least 40 stolen bases and minimum of nine triples prior to the All-Star break. In May, Gordon stole 20 bases, which tied a franchise record.
The speedy second baseman has also been an ironman of sorts as he’s missed just six games. Gordon’s ability to remain healthy and get on base has given manager Don Mattingly a consistent catalyst at the top of the lineup.
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