KANSAS CITY, MO – Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former first-round player whose roller coaster career led him from near-bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced Thursday that he is retiring after the season will kick.
After an outstanding career in Nebraska, where he won the Golden Spikes Award for best amateur baseball, Gordon was the second choice in the first year 2005 player draft. Two years later he made his debut in the big league and after a few years moved to which he shuttled back and forth to the minors, from the third base to the outfield and finally found success.
He played his entire 14 year career in Kansas City, joining only George Brett and Frank White as positional players who were so long-lived in the franchise. He starts a weekend series with four games against Detroit with the third most runs (682), the fourth most homers (1
After 14 years of hard work and dedication to the #Royals, Alex Gordon is retiring from baseball.
Thank you for always giving your all, Gordo. # 4EverRoyal pic.twitter.com/S5A0Y7ASFq
– Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 24, 2020
The Royals noted Gordon’s “14 years of hard work and dedication” to the club and thanked him for “always giving his all, Gordo”.
The three-time all-star also has the dubious accolade of being the royals’ career leader when it comes to getting hit by pitches.
While never quite meeting the average the Royals had hoped for, Gordon turned into one of the game’s best defensive players. He’s made seven gold gloves in nine years, a number that beats White’s eight for most in franchise history, and there are enough reps crashing into the outfield wall or a runner on the at Kauffman Stadium Plate throws running for hours.
Gordon won the first of three Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2014 when he helped Kansas City return to the World Series for the first time since its 1985 championship. The Royals lost to the Giants in a seven-game thriller but returned to the Fall Classic the following year, defeating the Mets in five games to win the World Series.
During the 2015 series, Gordon met one of the legendary homers in royals history. His tie shot Mets closer to Jeurys Familia in Game 1, forcing extra innings, and the Royals won in 14 to set the tone for the rest of the World Series.
Gordon signed a one-year contract to return this season and he never thought of opting out when the coronavirus pandemic resulted in spring training being suspended and Major League Baseball forced to play a dramatically reduced 60-game schedule .
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.