The proud owner of the farm, Strange Gordon


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Describing Dee Strange-Gordon as a super utility player is understated. The 34-year-old veteran is involved in every aspect of the game as well as making an impact off the field.

“I took a break and recharged,” Strange-Gordon said. “It wasn’t easy, but I did a few things outside of professional baseball that I never thought I could do.”

Strange-Gordon was released from the Reds in late March 2021, using his time as an opportunity to give back to the community. Shortly thereafter, he and his uncle founded D&D Property Groups to build affordable homes in his hometown of Avon Park, Florida. They are working on initial completion of 12 homes by 2024, after which they aim to expand into the surrounding communities.

“You have to accumulate blessings,” said Strange-Gordon. “We are all here to help others.”

Meanwhile, Strange Gordon returned to baseball, appearing in 54 minor league games for the Brewers, Cubs and Pirates organizations last season, and was released from Pittsburgh on August 1st. Since then, he has purchased 40 acres in Central Florida. , with the help of his best friend, cleared the bushes and founded Black Sheep Farms.

The expansive and versatile grounds are home to cattle and donkeys. “We just let them live and be happy,” he explained. It’s a place for Strange Gordon to hit in the offseason and a place for his future. “The Barn Dominium.”

Strange-Gordon signed a minor league deal with Washington last winter, including two new ventures on his resume. This season he added the National All-round Infielder/Outfielder/One-Time Reliever/Emergency Catcher to the list.

“You have one life. You live.” Strange-Gordon said with a smile. “That’s all. Go and have fun. Go see what you can do.”

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