Billy Hamilton leads the majors with 44 stolen bases, but Dee Gordon isn’t too far behind with 33. The Miami Marlins second baseman also has almost twice as many hits as Hamilton (122 to 63), is hitting .338 to Hamilton’s .220 and has more RBIs (22 to 19), doubles (16 to 4), and runs scored (46 to 41).
Gordon, in short, has been a speedy stud this season. His teammates just need to catch up.
Miami entered the All-Star break at 38-51 – 11 games behind the Nationals (48-39) in the NL East and 10 games behind the Cubs (47-40) for the second Wild Card spot.
“We just got to continue to try to learn how to win,” Gordon said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “It’s not going to happen overnight. That’s the biggest thing with us. We just got to continue to learn how to win. . . . We kind of have (underachieved), but we’re a young group of guys, and I think we’re going to be pretty good for a few years to come.”
Gordon, 27, was named to the NL All-Star team but will not be in action Tuesday due to a dislocated thumb. Gordon said there’s no ligament damage and that he’ll know more Thursday about his status and availability going forward.
“I’m feeling better, feeling better,” he said. “The wheels (are) getting a little break.”
Gordon, who was born in Windemere, Florida, spent the first four years of his career with the Dodgers before returning to his home state last December. Gordon was traded, along with Dan Haren and Miguel Rojas, to Miami for Andrew Heaney, Chris Hatcher, Austin Barnes and Enrique Hernandez.
“It’s been good,” Gordon said of returning to Florida. “I get to see my family, so it’s always good when you get to see your family and hang out with them.”
Although Gordon is not playing in the All-Star Game, he will be in attendance in Cincinnati on Tuesday and was on hand for the Home Run Derby, which Todd Frazier won Monday night.
“I liked a little bit of everybody,” Gordon said. “Those guys all impressed me. It was a pretty good derby. I think I like the way they went about it and stuff.”
Gordon has just one home run this season and probably wouldn’t hit many more than that if he were in the derby.
“No, I hit the ball on the ground in BP,” Gordon said. “I try to hit the ball the other way.”
Asked who would win in a race – Gordon or Hamilton – Gordon didn’t take the bait.
“I don’t race,” he said.