KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former peak of the first round, whose career in roller coasters took him from almost bust to winner in the All-Star and Gold Glove, announced on Thursday that he will retire after the season.
Gordon was the second overall pick in the player’s first edition in 2005 after a remarkable career in Nebraska, where he won the Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur in baseball. He made his debut in his major league two years later and after a few years, moving back and forth to the minors, he moved from third base in the field and finally found success.
He ended his entire 14-year career at Kansas City, joining only George Brett and Frank White as positional players with so much longevity with the franchise. He headed for a series of four games over the weekend against Detroit with the third biggest walks (682), fourth in homers (1
After 14 years of hard work and dedication to #Royals, Alex Gordon retired from baseball.
Thank you for always doing your best, Gordo. # 4EverRoyal pic.twitter.com/S5A0Y7ASFq
– Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 24, 2020
Royals noted Gordon’s “14 years of hard work and dedication” to the club and thanked him for “always doing his best, Gordo”.
The three-time All-Star also has the dubious distinction of being a leader in the Royals’ career in hitting the field.
Although he never hit the average, which Royals hopes he will do, Gordon has become a clean sand and has become one of the best defensive players in the game. He is the only outside player to win seven gold gloves in nine years, a number that tracks only eight of White’s most in franchise history and has enough repetitions when he crashes into the outside wall of Kaufman Stadium or throws a runner on a plate to run for hours.
Gordon won the first of three Player of the Year awards in 2014 when he helped Kansas City return to the World Series for the first time since his 1985 championship. The Pianos lost to the Giants in a serial thriller, but returned to the Fall Classic the following year and defeated the Mets in five games to win the World Series.
In 2015, Gordon hit one of the iconic homers in the history of the Royals. His tying shot the Mets closer to the Jeurys Familia in Game 1 forced additional innings, and the Royals won at 14 to set the tone for the rest of the World Series.
Gordon signed a one-year comeback contract this season and never considered giving up when the coronavirus pandemic halted spring training and forced Major League Baseball to play a dramatically reduced schedule of 60 games.
This report uses information from the Associated Press.