Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, who is set to return on Thursday from his 80-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing drugs policy, apologized to fans before his reinstatement.
“I made a mistake, man,” Gordon said in a video posted by Uninterrupted. “But, just like in this game, you've got to learn, come back, be stronger and better. I felt like I was a good person but now I feel like I've got to be a great one. I have a strong family that stood by me—parents and coaches who taught me how to become a pro and not just stopping at the field. You have to hold yourself accountable for your standards of living and training. I didn't hold myself accountable for any of that ... Being the smallest guy, I thought I would never fail a drug test.”
Watch Gordon's full apology below:
Gordon played 21 games this season before being issued the suspension. He was hitting .266 on the season with 25 hits and six stolen bases. Last season, Gordon hit a career high .333 with 205 hits and an additional 58 steals.
The Marlins designated infielder Don Kelly for assignment in order to make room for Gordon on the roster.