Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon issued an apology to fans on Thursday ahead of his return.
In the video, Gordon speaks for several minutes about his suspension and his commitment to move forward. The All-Star takes responsibility for his actions and gives some advice to his young fans. The video was shared on Twitter and re-tweeted by Gordon.
BREAKING NEWS: Dee Gordon (@FlashGJr) sends apology to fans before returning to the @Marlins tonight.https://t.co/E5b5a7qMkb — UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) July 28, 2016
"I felt like I was a good person, but now I gotta be a great one," Gordon says near the beginning of the video.
Gordon has been known for his off the field charity work, in addition to his excellent production on the diamond. Prior to his suspension, Gordon took time to sign autographs for fans and visited local schools.
When Gordon was suspended, it put Miami in a tough spot. The team had just completed a sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles and now had an uncertain road ahead. Even still, the team made it known at the time that it would welcome him back.
"I'm grateful for the Marlins and my family for standing by me," added Gordon.
The Marlins are expected to put Gordon right back into the everyday lineup at second base. Derek Dietrich's recent struggles will likely make this an easy decision for manager Don Mattingly.
"I love you guys. Again, sorry," said Gordon at the end of the video.
If the Marlins reach the playoffs, Gordon would be ineligible to participate. The team will continue its postseason push on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.