Don Mattingly had planned to give Dee Gordon a day off this weekend, as he occasionally does, but when the manager expressed that sentiment to his second baseman, Gordon wasn’t interested — and even confused. “He looked at me like I had three heads,” Mattingly said. “Then I saw he had 196 hits.” Gordon reached 200, a round number every hitter aims for, Saturday with a three-hit night against the Atlanta Braves. In his seventh major league season, Gordon has reached the 200-hit plateau twice — this year and 2015, when he had 205 and won a batting title. This year, Gordon isn’t looking for bragging rights to that degree, but he is among the Marlins for whom Sunday’s otherwise meaningless season finale is full of meaning. Giancarlo Stanton, of course, has 59 homers, and as many as the next three each carrying historical significance. Gordon has 60 stolen bases, one more than Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton for the major league lead. Christian Yelich is one run shy of 100 and two homers away from 20.
Mattingly: Stanton will bat leadoff in season finale amid 60-HR chase
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Oct 1