WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the son of a Major League All-Star, Dee Gordon enjoyed some perks as a kid.
In 2004, he and his brothers got a backstage pass at the All-Star Game in Houston and got autographs from as many players as they could. The last All-Star to sign his baseball, Gordon said, was eventual home run king Barry Bonds.
Now, Gordon finds himself in his Bonds' company.
His .645 batting average (20 for 31) over the Marlins most recent homestand is the second-highest for a homestand of at least nine games since 1914. The guy in front of him? Bonds, who posted a .684 mark (13 for 19) over a 10-game homestand from April 12-22, 2004.
"Let's just be honest about it, I’m not going to be as good as Barry Bonds, ever," Gordon said with a smile Monday in the Marlins clubhouse. "Yeah [my hits] were all singles."
Gordon, who spent his first four years in the big leagues out on the West Coast with the Dodgers, said he's always admired Bonds.
"Barry bonds was sick, man," Gordon said. "Now that I’ ve played in San Francisco, you see where he hit his record home run, nobody don’t hit the ball out there ever."
Not even Giancarlo Stanton? "Right handed yeah," Gordon said. "But lefty, that’s a long way. I hit one last year and thought yeah that’s gone. Didn’t even get to the warning track. I took the triple."
At least Gordon could dunk better than Bonds, right?
"I’ve never seen Barry Bonds dunk," Gordon said. "He might be able to. Yeah, he looked like he was pretty athletic to do everything."
Gordon, who gave up basketball to pursue baseball his senior year of high school, said Monday he did "hold his own" against some of the NBA's current players when he played hoops.
"I played against Nick Calathes, Chandler Parsons, Michael Conley," he said. "In AAU, I played against Kevin Durant. He was not that great yet, but he was still pretty good. I was all right, I could hold my own with those dudes."
COUNSELL NAMED BREWERS MANAGER
Former Marlins second baseman Craig Counsell, known best for scoring the winning run in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, was named the Brewers' new manager on Monday.
He becomes the fourth former Marlins player to manage in the big leagues joining Marlins current skipper Mike Redmond, Rockies manager Walt Weiss and former Cubs manager Rick Renteria.
Counsell, now 44, spent three years with the Marlins before embarking on the rest of his 16-year career with the Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Brewers.
"He's was always a very smart, heady player," former Marlin and current analyst for FoxSports Florida Preston Wilson said Monday. "He definitely paid attention to everything that went on -- not just the positions he played. The length of his career proved that he's a guy that cared about the game and wanted to be around the game."
Counsell retired in 2012 with the Brewers and took a job in the front office, serving as a special assistant to general manager Doug Melvin. But he's never managed a game in his life until now.
"He has a baseball mind and I think as long as he's surrounded by the right people he'll be just fine," Wilson said. "I don't think any manager knows everything. A lot of managers, you rely heavily on your bench coach, you're pitching coach to fill in the voids of knowledge that you don't have. I think if he's surrounded with good people he'll be absolutely fine. He's a good baseball man."
BOUR RETURNS HOME
With left fielder Christian Yelich on the mend and expected to come off the disabled list as early as Thursday, Justin Bour could be heading back to the minors soon.
But the 6-4, 250-pound first baseman and Chantilly, Va. native will get to start at least one more game for the Marlins tonight near his home and in front of his family and friends.
Michael Morse, who finished 3-for-28 (.107) during the Marlins' last homestand, is sitting for the second time in the last three days.
"Mo's scuffling," Redmond said. "All we can do is give him some breaks and try to get him going, get him some time to get with [hitting coach Frank Menechino] until he can get that feeling back. So, we'll just go day-to-day with him, see how he's doing, how he's feeling. This guy is a big part of our team and we need him. Right now, he's going through a tough patch."
Bour was just 1-for-17 as a pinch hitter last year and was much better as a starter (20-52, .351 average). He's 4-for-6 as a pinch-hitter this season and finished 2-for-3 in his one previous start.
"You’ve got to be able to get these guys up," Redmond said. "When they come from the minor leagues they've been getting consistent at bats. So you've got to get them in there and let them play.
"He’s done a great job. I know this is a tough role for him coming up from the minor leagues and hitting off the bench. It’s not an easy role, especially for young guys. But he’s done a great job. His at bats have been really good.
"We need to get Mo going. Hopefujlly if we get him a day off here or there, then that’s going to help. It’s a confidence thing. He just needs to go out and put a couple of good at bats together and get going. The rest will take care of itself."