Royals’ Gordon Announces Retirement
Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon announced on Thursday that he is set to retire at the end of the 2020 regular season.
Gordon has spent his entire 14-year career with the Kansas City Royals and is beloved by Royals fans.
Gordon was selected by the Royals with the second overall draft pick in the 2005 first-year player draft. Most expected that Gordon would enjoy a ton of success with the Royals during his career, but it did not go well for the first few seasons.
Gordon played collegiately at Nebraska and was named the Golden Spikes Award winner during his career there. The Royals promoted Gordon to the Major Leagues in just his second season with the franchise, but he was sent back down after struggling to get things going.
Eventually, the Royals moved Gordon from third base to the outfield, and his career really took off from that point. Gordon has become one of the best outfielders in the Major Leagues, earning seven Gold Glove Awards over a nine-year span.
At the time he was drafted, Gordon was compared to another former Royals legend, George Brett. Gordon and Brett are two of just three men that played for at least 14 seasons in Kansas City, with Frank White being the other.
Gordon, 36, finishes his career with 1,748 games played and a .257 career batting average. The outfielder also blasted 190 home runs and drove in 749 runs during his 14-year career.
Along with becoming a legend in Kansas City, Gordon is one of the best No. 2 picks of all time. Gordon posted a Wins Above Replacement total of 34.8, and just five other players who were drafted with the No. 2 overall pick had better career totals.
Gordon Played Huge Role in Title
There were three seasons that stand out for Gordon on a personal level, and one that will be remembered forever for the team accomplishments. Gordon’s best individual seasons were in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
In 2011, Gordon set career highs with a .303 batting average, 23 home runs, and 17 stolen bases. A year later, Gordon led the Major Leagues with 51 doubles, and he was awarded the Platinum Glove Award in 2014. The Platinum Glove Award is given to the best defensive player in the league.
Also in 2014, Gordon helped lead the Royals to an American League Championship, but bigger things were in store for the next season. Kansas City won the World Championship in 2015, with the Royals defeating the New York Mets in the World Series.
In that series, Gordon blasted a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 1 to help the Royals win that game. The Royals started to disband that team shortly after the title run, and Gordon spent the last few years on a team that finished near the bottom of the American League Central.
Gordon finishes his career with the fourth-most home runs in Royals history, and he is sixth on the list in games played, hits, RBI, and runs scored.