BOCA RATON — Dee Gordon rated his defensive wizardry at the start of spring training as “terrible” and “weird-looking, like an idiot.” By season’s end, he was a magician with the glove.
The infielder for the Marlins was honored Tuesday with his first Gold Glove as the National League’s top defensive second baseman.
“He always painted the picture that he was terrible,” said Marlins infield coach Perry Hill. “Not so. He’s too modest. He was – and always has been — good.”
Gordon, acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers last December, proved himself an outstanding all-around player. In addition to his capturing the Gold Glove, Gordon won the league’s batting and stolen base titles.
Gordon became the seventh different Marlin to win a Gold Glove. The only other second baseman for the Marlins to win one was Luis Castillo, who reeled off three straight from 2003-05.
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and left fielder Christian Yelich were finalists for Gold Gloves this season, but did not win.
Gordon became only the second player in major-league history to lead the league in batting average, stolen bases, hits and win a Gold Glove in the same season. His teammate, Ichiro Suzuki, was the other, accomplishing the rare feat in 2001 with the Seattle Mariners.