Height: 5'11" Weight: 168
Bats/Throws: Left / Right
Born: 04/22/1988 in Windermere, Florida
Offseason home: Windermere, Florida
Acquired: In trade from the Miami Marlins, with international slot money, for Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert, and Christopher Torres (12/07/2017)
MLB Debut: 06/06/2011
Free Agent after: 2021 season
Twitter handle: @FlashGJr
What is Dee Gordon's role with the Mariners?
Early in the year it was to be the center fielder, a position he had never played before but was learning quickly. He worked hard to become a decent outfielder and did pretty well in the first quarter of the campaign despite some growing pains. Then Robinson Canó stupidly got himself suspended and Gordon was shifted back to his familiar second-base position, where he'd previously won a Gold Glove award. He naturally excelled there, and figures to stay put, mostly, now that Canó is returning to the lineup. Still, he may get shuttled back to center from time to time, though Cameron Maybin seems to be an everyday presence now. Throughout it all, the speedy Gordon had also been Seattle's leadoff man, but thanks to a lineup juggle following the team's frustrating play in July and early August, Mitch Hanger has claimed that spot, at least for a while, and Gordon finds himself in the lower third. Which is fine—Gordon did have a terrific July with the bat, even though the rest of the squad did not, but the first week or so of August he was slumping, and the team as a whole needed a fire lit under them. Shaking up the lineup for a recent series in Houston seemed to contribute to the Mariners' sweep of the Astros, and having some better production in the lower third of the order can only help, so he's fine there; that said, don't be surprised to see him up in the number one or two spot going forward.
The son of former Major League reliever Tom "Flash" Gordon, Dee spends a great deal of time and money on charitable causes. In addition to working with organizations in the Dominican Republic and that aid Syrian refugees, Gordon founded Flash of Hope, a program for children who have lost a parent to domestic violence—something he went through himself when his mother was shot and killed by an ex-boyfriend when Dee was six. It's a devastating experience, to be sure, and Gordon wants to help others through it. “I just want to show them that the world isn’t over for them," he said, "that they’re going to be all right.”