Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City Royals offfielder Alex Gordon, The former first-round pick, whose roller-coaster career took him close to bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced on Thursday that he was retiring after the season.
Gordon chose a career in Nebraska in 2005 as the first-year player, where he won the Golden Spikes Award for Best Amateur in Baseball. He made his big league debut two years later, ran back and forth to the minors a few years later, moved from third floor to outfield and finally found success.
He injured his 14-year career playing in Kansas City, adding only George Brett and Frank White to the owners. In a weekend four-game series against Detroit he goes on to become the club’s third-highest run-scorer (682), fourth-highest homers (190), fifth-highest doubles (357) and sixth-highest (1,749).
After 14 years of hard work and dedication # Royals, Alex Garden retires from baseball.
– Kansas City Royals (oy Royals) September 24, 2020
The Royals noted Gordon’s “14 years of hard work and dedication” and thanked him, “Cordo, for always giving to all of you.”
The three-time All-Star pitches have the dubious distinction of being the Royals’ career leader in the field.
Although he never hit the average the Royals relied on, Gordon made himself one of the best defensive players in the game. He won seven gold gloves over a nine-year period, which goes far behind only eight for White in the franchise history, and there are enough replicas to hit the outfield wall at Kaufman Stadium or knock out a runner on the plate. Run for hours.
When Kansas City helped return to the World Series for the first time since the 1985 championship, Gordon won the first of three Defender Awards in 2014. The Royals lost to the Giants in a seven-game thriller, but they returned to next year’s Fall Classic and beat the Mets in five games to win the World Series.
It was during the 2015 series that Gordon hit a homer in Royals history. His bond was close to the Mets The Jeris family Forced an extra innings in Game 1, and the Royals won at 14, setting the tone for the rest of the World Series.
Gordon signed a one-year deal to withdraw this season, and he never considered stepping down when the Corona virus epidemic stopped spring training and forced Major League Baseball to play a dramatically reduced 60-game schedule.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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