This week’s Hot Stove customs feature two guys who moved around a bit on the same day. As usual, these custom cards are based on the 1974 Kellogg’s 3-D set.
Dee Gordon is the son of former MLB pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon. Baseball America had him ranked as the Dodgers best prospect after the 2009 and 2010 seasons, as well as giving him accolades like “Fastest runner in the Dodgers’ system”, “Best athlete in the Dodgers’ system”, “Best defensive infielder in the Dodgers’ system”… but it wasn’t until this past year that he had his breakout and lead the league in triples and stolen bases. As a reward, the Dodgers shipped him off to Miami and replaced him with Howie Kendrick.
Dee Gordon was the first Dodger to lead the NL in stolen bases since Davey Lopes in 1976. As a Mets fan and Marlin hater I generally hesitate to wish anybody luck in Miami, but I don’t have anything against Dee Gordon… And let’s keep it that way, shall we?
All it took was one tweet from Andrew Heaney to make me say “I like this guy!”
Heaney was traded to the Dodgers in the deal that sent Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to Miami, and then several hours later he was traded to the Angels for Howie Kendrick. After the second trade, this is what he tweeted:
Well, @Dodgers we had a good run! Great to be a part of such a storied franchise. #thanksforthememories
Heaney’s major league debut came against the Mets on 6/19/2014 and he took the loss despite giving up just one run in six inning. Over his 7 MLB games he’s 0-3 with a 5.83 ERA, but Baseball America has twice ranked him among the top 50 prospects in baseball. It’ll be interesting to see what he does in Anaheim.