Miami second baseman Dee Gordon was suspended 80 games for PED use early Friday morning and it didn't take long for both national news outlets and current players to react.
Some want to see a salary reduction. Some want the "three strike rule" changed. Seemingly everyone had something to say.
SB Nation's Grant Brisbee thinks Gordon has ruined things for future players:
Dee Gordon is dirty. Your favorite player probably isn't, but he might be! You can understand the motivation for doing it, even if you wouldn't do it, too. Except you might. But you might not. Unless that pile of millions over there isn't that tempting. Under the pile is fame and eternal glory. Don't answer now.
Justin Verlander wants anyone who tests positive banned from every returning:
This PED shit is killing me. If u test positive u need to not play. You shouldn't be allowed to effect games while appealing.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) April 29, 2016
Jake Diekman calls for a salary reduction:
You cheat, you make League minimum for the rest of your career. #tired— Jake Diekman (@JakeDiekman) April 29, 2016
Does the suspension have an even deeper meaning?
We were all shocked, too:
The Dee Gordon story is amazing. Huge star, gone for half the season. What a blow to Marlins.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) April 29, 2016
Terry Collins apparently had something to say:
Terry Collins flabbergasted by Dee Gordon and other PED positive tests in baseball. "You're just not going to get away with it."— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 29, 2016
Harsher penalties are probably a good idea:
ICYMI: Harsher penalties a likely outcome in the wake of Dee Gordon’s suspension. Column: https://t.co/MrFY0C1SB2— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 29, 2016
From no chance to reality relatively quickly:
If I were to pick a player in baseball that "no chance" was taking PEDs, it would've been Dee Gordon. Sad for the game.— Kevin Burkhardt (@kevinburkhardt) April 29, 2016
Tommy Hutton is still watching the Marlins and was also surprised:
Of 25 man roster, Dee Gordon would have been the last player I would have suspected. A real shocker!— Tommy Hutton (@THUT14) April 29, 2016
Did the Dodgers win the deal after all?
I'm sorry, Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi, for making fun of you guys for trading Dee Gordon.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 29, 2016
And this is one way to look at it:
If not for Dee Gordon, the NL batting champion last season would have been ... Bryce Harper.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 29, 2016