Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games for the usage of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), Major League Baseball announced early Friday morning.
Gordon was suspended for exogenous testosterone and clostebol.
With suspensions not being announced until after the appeal process, Gordon had to have dropped his appeal after the Marlins' 5-3 victory over the Dodgers last night.
It's unfortunate for any player to be suspended for PEDs, but perhaps even more so for Gordon, who was making a name for himself as one of the league's best young players.
The 28-year-old hit .333/.359/.418 with four home runs and 46 RBIs in 653 plate appearances. Gordon added 58 stolen bases in 78 attempts and led the National League in hits and average. Gordon was named to his second straight All-Star team.
According to FanGraphs.com, Gordon was worth 4.6 Wins Above Replacement, adding some great defense to his overall profile.
The Marlins rewarded Gordon with a five-year, $50 million extension at the end of 2015. He was scheduled to make about $3 million this year, half of which he will forfeit while barred.
The team apparently was not aware of the suspension until it was announced. According to Marlins president David Samson via the Miami Herald, the team hopes Gordon will "do whatever is necessary to make it up to our fans, to his teammates, and to this organization."
Gordon will not be eligible for postseason play.