After 14 seasons with the Kansas City Royals, the club has announced that 3x All-Star Alex Gordon has retired a ForeverRoyal.
It was a career of many ups and many downs for Alex Gordon, who was once a can’t miss generational prospect at the hot corner tabbed “the next George Brett” when he was drafted second overall by the Royals in 2005. In April 2007, he was on the Royals Opening Day roster and hit his first Homerun off of Blue Jays’ Josh Towers. By 2010, he was demoted for hitting .194 to start the season. Rusty Kuntz, Royals minor league coach and owner of perhaps the best name in sports history, opted to play him in the outfield. It was a move that prolonged Gordon’s career. In the process, Kevin Seitzer revamped his swing.
In 2011, the new swing worked and Gordon broke out. He hit .303 with an .879 OPS and 23 homeruns. In 2013, he was selected to his first of three consecutive MLB All-Star games. In the process of all of this? He won a total of seven gold gloves for becoming the best defensive left fielder in baseball.
In 2015, the Royals won the World Series. Alex Gordon? Right in the middle of it.
A model of hard work, Alex Gordon spent 14 years in the majors, all with the Royals, with a 38.4 lifetime WAR, 190 homeruns, a .257/.338/.411 slashline. He also stole 113 bases. Alex Gordon had a very solid career.
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