42 Facts About Alex Gordon


Alex Gordon made his major league debut in 2007 as a third baseman, but had an inconsistent beginning to his career.

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Alex Gordon returned to the Royals later that season as a full-time outfielder, and his play improved substantially.

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Alex Gordon won eight Gold Glove Awards, four Fielding Bible Awards, and a Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award, all after the move to the outfield.

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Alex Gordon was born on February 10,1984, to a family heavily involved in baseball.

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Alex Gordon's father played baseball for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and his brother played college baseball at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

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Alex Gordon had a successful high school baseball career at Lincoln Southeast High School, where he was named the Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year in 2002.

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Alex Gordon was listed as one of the top high school prospects by Baseball America his senior year, and received All-State honors in football that same year.

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Alex Gordon won the organization's Graduate of the Year award in 2015.

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Alex Gordon attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, majoring in criminal justice and playing third base for the university's baseball team.

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Alex Gordon was an ESPY Award Finalist for the Best Male College Athlete.

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Additionally, Alex Gordon was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and was named to the First Team All-Big 12 Team in 2004 and 2005.

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Alex Gordon was drafted in 2005 by the Kansas City Royals with the second pick overall, becoming the highest draft pick out of Nebraska since Darin Erstad was selected with the first pick of the 1995 Major League Baseball draft.

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Alex Gordon hit 29 home runs and stole 22 bases with an on-base plus slugging over 1.

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Alex Gordon participated in the Texas League All-Star game and was selected for the 2006 All-Star Futures Game.

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Alex Gordon performed well in his first full minor league season, and won the Texas League Player of the Year Award and Baseball America's and Topps Minor League Player of the Year Award after the season ended.

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Alex Gordon performed better for the rest of the season, but broke his nose in the last game of the season.

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On Opening Day, 2008, Alex Gordon hit a two-run home run off Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

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Alex Gordon stole home for the first time in his career on August 2 against the Rays, becoming the first Royal to do that since Mendy Lopez in 2003.

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Between the return to Kansas City and the end of the season, Alex Gordon got a hit in 15 of the final 20 games he played in, and hit home runs in back-to-back games against the Minnesota Twins.

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Alex Gordon was recalled from Triple-A on July 23,2010, to take the place of David DeJesus in the Royals' outfield; DeJesus had been placed on the disabled list with a right thumb sprain.

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Alex Gordon was selected as an American League finalist for the 2011 All-Star Final Vote, but Paul Konerko was elected.

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Alex Gordon played in over 150 games in the season, which was the most games he had played in at the major league level since his rookie year.

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Alex Gordon earned $6 million in 2012, $9 million in 2013, $10 million in 2014 and $12.

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In 2012, Alex Gordon won a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding left fielder in MLB.

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Alex Gordon's fielding percentage was higher than that of any other player who had played in at least 125 games as a left fielder.

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Alex Gordon earned his third consecutive Gold Glove Award for his defense in left field, his second Fielding Bible Award, and earned his first career All-Star selection.

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Alex Gordon represented the tying run in the 9th inning of Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, when with two outs, he lined a long single to left center.

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Alex Gordon reached third base when Giants' center fielder Gregor Blanco misplayed the ball, but was stranded when catcher Salvador Perez fouled out to Pablo Sandoval to end the game and the series.

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Alex Gordon was awarded for his on-the-field performance, receiving the Gold Glove, Fielding Bible, and Platinum Glove awards for his defensive performance.

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On July 8,2015, against the Tampa Bay Rays, Alex Gordon was injured attempting to chase down a fly ball hit by Logan Forsythe, which resulted in an inside-the-park home run as Alex Gordon could not get back up.

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Alex Gordon had just come off a seven-hit double header the night before against the Rays in which he hit a double and a home run.

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The injury prevented Alex Gordon from playing in the 2015 All-Star game, being replaced on the All-Star roster by Brett Gardner.

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Alex Gordon hit a home run off of Luke Gregerson in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the 2015 AL Divisional Series.

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In Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, Alex Gordon hit a ninth-inning home run off of New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia to tie the game at 4.

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Alex Gordon became a World Champion when the Royals won the World Series in five games over the Mets, the first World Series won by the Royals since 1985.

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Alex Gordon signed a four-year deal worth $72 million to remain with the Royals with a mutual option for the 2020 season on January 6,2016.

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On May 22,2016, Alex Gordon collided with Royals' third-baseman Mike Moustakas while chasing a Melky Cabrera pop-up into foul territory down the left field line against the Chicago White Sox.

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Alex Gordon suffered a scaphoid fracture in his right wrist and was placed on the disabled-list where he missed 29 games.

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On May 4,2017, Alex Gordon was hit by a pitch from White Sox's pitcher Derek Holland.

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On September 19, Alex Gordon hit the 5,694th home run of the MLB season against Ryan Tepera, breaking the record for the most home runs in an MLB season, with the previous record having been set in the 2000 season.

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On September 24, Alex Gordon announced that he would retire from baseball at the conclusion of the 2020 season.

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Alex Gordon then went out to take his position in left field in the top of the second before being pulled back to the dugout and replaced by Franchy Cordero.

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