When the Seattle Mariners acquired Dee Gordon to be their center fielder this offseason, many were curious as to how he would perform.
It was clear that Gordon had the speed to play a good center field, but transitioning a 30-year-old who had strictly played second base and shortstop into an above-average player at the position seemed like — at a minimum — a tough task. Clearly, Gordon was up for the challenge, and he began the season as the Mariners’ everyday center fielder.
The first eight weeks of Gordon’s tenure in center went rather swimmingly, as he carried a .302/.327/.392 slash line (.718 OPS) through the end of May. This was not entirely uncharacteristic, as he finished last season with a .716 mark and seemed to be playing to his potential in Seattle. Things were working out, at least for the most part.
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