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Our Noticias, 4/24/20: D-Train on TV; Gordon receives Hutch Award

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Getting caught up on the accomplishments of former Marlins Dontrelle Willis and Dee Gordon, plus more content for your weekend.

MLB Whiparound

D-Train always destined for television career

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com covered left-hander Dontrelle Willis throughout his tenure on the Marlins. From Frisaro’s own observations and in speaking to former players and coaches, this feature explains why D-Train has the personality and skill set to make a successful transition from athlete to broadcaster.

A 2020 Fish Stripes Marlins Hall of Fame candidate, Willis won the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year and contributed to that season’s World Series title, pitching more than 1,000 innings during five seasons in South Florida before being traded to the Tigers. His performance deteriorated from there and he officially retired in 2015. A golf outing with Jerry Hairston Jr. and Aaron Boone soon after that encouraged Willis to pursue his second career as a TV pundit.

The 38-year-old is now a regular on FS1’s MLB Whiparound.

This week, Frisaro also (controversially) selected Gary Sheffield to be included in MLB.com’s team-by-team look at all-time sweetest swings. While nobody can deny Sheff’s incredible Marlins production, his swings mechanics were notoriously “violent” rather than aesthetically pleasing.

Gordon recognized for philanthropy

Dee Gordon is this year’s winner of the Hutch Award, which honors major leaguers for their “grit, determination and humanity.”

Motivated by the tragic loss of his mother, Gordon created Flash of Hope in 2015 to support local children whose families have been impacted by domestic violence. Previously in Miami and now in Seattle, he provides the kids with game tickets, field access, meals and merchandise. He has also been involved in multiple campaigns to fundraise for those battling hunger internationally.

Along with Gordon, current Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas was among the five Hutch Award finalists.

Why I Love Baseball—Marlins fan edition

Every Marlins fan has a unique story, memorable experiences, and a special personal connection to the game.

So, while we’re all home eagerly awaiting baseball’s return, Fish Stripes is collaborating with Zack Raab to put a spotlight on fellow Marlins fans, reflecting on our passion for the game and infusing an extra bit of baseball positivity into our days.

If you’d like to take part and reminisce about your love of the game, please fill out the “Why I Love Baseball” survey. We will be selecting some responses to share in this new section of the site!

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