Dee Gordon calls Marlins’ recent moves ’embarrassing’
Dee Gordon was the first domino to fall in the Miami Marlins’ new ownership group’s fire sale. Trades of Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna followed. Gordon, now with the Seattle Mariners, tore into his former team, calling the organization’s recent moves “embarrassing.”
“I didn’t ask for this . . . It’s terrible, it’s almost — I’m not even going to say almost. It’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing,” Gordon recently told the Sun-Sentinel. “I don’t want to bash anyone, but what’s happened is not good . . . No disrespect to anybody, but those are your best three players. You let them go, not because they underperformed. But because of something you can’t take care of.”
Gordon may have said there was no intent to bash anyone with his comments, but there’s no other way to interpret his critical and candid takedown of the Marlins’ cost-cutting moves. And Gordon was not quite finished with his criticism.
“At first it was like, ha ha ha, they bought the team and they’re going to trade us,” Gordon said. “We were like, there’s no way you can buy a team for $1 billion and have to trade everybody.”
There is a way, obviously.
The transition of ownership of the Marlins to the Derek Jeter-led group has been nothing short of a dumpster fire. From clumsily handling the dismissal of a longtime scout — who was battling cancer and needed a kidney transplant — to the aforementioned gutting of the team’s roster, it’s been an abject nightmare. The team couldn’t even give a proper send-off to Stanton without bungling it, much to the chagrin of the team’s disgruntled fans.
And then there was the ill-fated Marlins’ town hall meeting earlier this week, an event that couldn’t played out worse. Not to mention how ESPN Radio’s Dan Le Batard raked MLB commissioner Rob Manfred over the coals over the new ownership group’s moves.
Suffice to say, Gordon isn’t the only person who finds what is going on in Miami embarrassing.