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Gookie Dawkins suspended for drugs. Yes, THE Gookie Dawkins.

Dec 17, 2009, 5:53 PM EST

Remember Gookie Dawkins?  Formerly his claim to fame was taking over for Pokey Reese as the most ridiculously-named infielder on the Cincinnati Reds. In a serious lowering of standards, the title was assumed by Ray Olmedo upon Dawkins’ departure prior to the 2003 season.*

But Dawkins now has a new claim to fame: he’s been suspended for testing positive  — for a second time — for a drug of abuse. Matthew suggested headlining this story “Doobie Dawkins,” but I thought wouldn’t be right. I mean, it could be meth!

Anyway, this is all pretty shocking. The drugs, yes, but also the fact that Gookie Dawkins was still being paid to play baseball somewhere.

*By the way, I kind of wish Reese had stayed on the Reds for another season, because if he had they could have had the an infield consisting of a Corky, a Pokey, and a Gookie that year. Why this wasn’t an organizational goal is beyond me. If they had done that they would have been a Mookie and a Dummy away from being the best-named team since the dead ball era.

  1. Dan - Dec 17, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    April 27, 2000:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN200004270.shtml
    Reds @ Mets
    Bottom of the second, Todd Pratt GIDP — Gookie to Pokey to Casey, with Mookie as first base coach.

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Dec 17, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    I remember when Jim “I’m A Genius, Just Ask Me” Bowden was so proud of himself for not giving up on the “crown jewels” of the Reds system, Gookie and Pokey, in the Griffey trade with Seattle. Instead, he traded a low-ceiling CF named Mike Cameron.

  3. Wickethewok - Dec 18, 2009 at 2:04 AM

    Really, I’d be more surprised if someone named “Gookie” didn’t do drugs.

  4. kardo - Dec 18, 2009 at 2:24 AM

    How often do you expect to use the tag “I bet I never use the tag ‘Gookie Dawkins’ again” after this?

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