Alex Gordon to retire

2015 World Series Game One: New York Mets v. Kansas City Royals Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images

It has been a great ride, Alex.

Royals Gold Glove outfielder Alex Gordon will retire, according to MLB.com reporter Jeffrey Flanagan. The Royals have made an official announcement.

Gordon has spent his entire 14-year career with the Royals after they made him the second-overall pick in the 2005 draft out of the University of Nebraska. He was named Minor League Player of the Year in 2006 by Baseball America and made the 2007 Opening Day starting lineup as a third baseman. Gordon had some ups and downs early in his career, but the turning point came in 2010, when he was demoted to Omaha to work on changing positions.

Gordon moved to left field and his efforts to learn the position have now become legendary. The young Gordon impressed Royals coaches with his work effort and his insistence on “power shagging” to learn angles on balls hit to the outfield. He quickly became one of the best defensive outfielders in the game, earning the first of his seven Gold Glove Awards in 2011.

The move to the outfield also helped his bat, as he enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2011 by hitting .303/.376.502 with a career-high 23 home runs and 7.3 WAR, earning MVP votes. He led the league in doubles with 52 in 2013, and in 2013 he earned the first of three All-Star appearances.

Gordon was a huge part of the club’s post-season runs in 2014 and 2015, finishing 12th in MVP voting in 2014 with a line of .266/.351/.432. His single-turned-triple in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants nearly tied the game and provided one of the most thrilling endings to a World Series game in recent history.

Gordo saved his post-season heroics for the following season, when he homered off Jeurys Familia in the bottom of the ninth of Game 1 of the World Series against the Mets, tying the game and allowing the Royals to win it in extra innings. His finger pointed in the air as he circled the bases became one of the most iconic images from the Royals’ run.

After that season, Gordon signed a four-year, $70 million deal, the largest in club history. his bat began to decline at that point, but his defense continued to be as good as ever with Gold Glove Awards in every season from 2017 to 2019, and he is expected to be a finalist again this year.

Gordon ranks in the top ten in club history in virtually every offensive category.

Alex Gordon will soon be in the Royals Hall of Fame, and the only question will be whether his #4 is one day retired by the club. It has been a career with ups and downs, but Alex Gordon left us with many amazing memories and a legacy of being one of the hardest working players in club history. We salute him for a career to be proud of, thank him for the memories, and wish him the best as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.

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