Before rejoining the Miami Marlins on Thursday, second baseman Dee Gordon released a video apology for his role in being suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Gordon, who won the NL batting title and a Gold Glove last season, is eligible to be in Miami’s lineup Thursday night as it kicks off a four-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park.
“This is Dee Gordon,” the Marlins infielder opened the video released on Twitter @uninterrupted. “I made a mistake, man.”
Gordon, sitting in what appeared to be the Triple-A park in New Orleans, went on for a few minutes and thanked his family, friends and the Marlins’ organization for standing by him.
“I feel like I was a good person,” Gordon said, “now I need to be a great one. My family stood by me. My parents and coaches taught me how to be a pro.
“You have to hold yourself accountable … I didn’t. Being the smallest guy around, I didn’t think I would fail a drug test. I didn’t pay attention. … That’s my fault.
“Don’t give up on me. I will earn your trust and your support by my play and my actions in the community. I will learn from this muistake and turn a negative into a positive.”
Gordon returned to baseball last week as he was sent on a conditioning assignment in the minors.
“I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, I promise you that,” Gordon continued. “Thanks to my family and to the Marlins for sticking by me.
“I want to say I’m sorry to the kids who looked up to me as a player and a person. I will never cheat you guys.
“No one ever told me I was the best at anything and that fueled my desire to be the best at everything.
“I let you down,” he contined, “and I’m sorry.”