Royals OF Alex Gordon retires at the end of the season after 14 years with the team

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former first-round pick whose roller-coaster career led him from near bankruptcy to the All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced Thursday that he would retire after the season.Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 freshman draft after an outstanding career in Nebraska, where he won the Golden Spikes Award as top baseball fan. He made his big league debut two years later, and after a few years of back-and-forth to minors, he moved from third base to outfield and eventually found success.

He ended up playing his entire 14-year career in Kansas City, joining only George Brett and Frank White as position players with so much longevity with the franchise. He kicks off a four-game weekend streak against Detroit with the third most steps (682), fourth most homers (190), fifth most doubles (357) and the sixth most games played (1,749) in club history.

The Royals noted Gordon’s “14 years of hard work and dedication” to the club and thanked him for “always giving everything, Gordo”.

The three-time All-Star also holds the dubious distinction of being the Royals’ career leader in getting hit with throws.

Although he never quite hit the kind of average the Royals hoped for, Gordon managed to make himself one of the best defensive players in the game. He is the only outfielder to win seven gloves. gold in nine years, a number that only trails White’s eight for the most in franchise history, and there are enough reruns of him crashing into the Kauffman Stadium outfield wall or throwing a runner on the plate to run 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 their 1985 championship. The Royals ended up losing to the Giants in a seven-game thriller, but they returned to the Fall Classic the following year and beat the Mets in five games to win the World Series.

It was during the 2015 that Gordon hit one of the iconic circuits in Royals history. His tying shot against the Mets closer to Jeurys Familia in Game 1 forced extra innings, and the Royals won in 14 to set the tone for the remainder of the World Series.

Gordon signed a one-year contract to return this season, and he never considered retiring when the coronavirus pandemic resulted in spring training being halted and forced Major League Baseball to play a schedule of 60 games significantly reduced.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.



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