During the later innings of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, the National League All-Star team was announced.
While many believed Yasiel Puig and former All-Stars Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke had high chances of making the squad, there was one player that had the stats deserving of a selection that wasn’t quite a guarantee. Second baseman Dee Gordon finished second in the fan vote, but made the team as a reserve just a year after being in Triple-A.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Kershaw expressed his feelings on Gordon’s All-Star nod:
He’s been through a lot,” said pitcher Clayton Kershaw. “Playing all sorts of different positions, had to go and try the outfield, he’s been everywhere. So for him to get to second base and excel the way he has and play the way he’s played the first half, it’s just a huge testament to him and his work ethic and his character.”
On the year, Gordon is hitting .302 and leads the league in stolen bases (42) and triples (9) and had provided the Dodgers with strong defense at second base. The 26-year-old had to earn his way on the team in the spring and emerged as the starter ahead of Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero, Justin Turner, Chone Figgins and Miguel Rojas.
Fellow teammate and three-time All-Star Josh Beckett also weighed in on Gordon’s honor:
It’s awesome,” said pitcher Josh Beckett. “Once you have that, nobody can take that away from you. That’s special. It didn’t come easy for him. He had to change positions. I think everybody, during spring training, expected him to fall on his face. This is the reward.”
The speedy second baseman has been the catalyst at the top of the Dodgers’ lineup this year, providing timely hitting and speed that has helped the team lead the NL West and now he has been rewarded.
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