MLB.com reporter David Adler reports the Kansas City Royals announced Thursday, that longtime Royals outfielder Alex Gordon will retire at the end of the regular season.
Playing in his 14th Major League seasons, Gordon has spent his entire career with Kansas City, making him one of three position players to play at least that many seasons with the Royals along with George Brett and Frank White. The 36-year-old finishes his career with 1,748 games played, a .257 batting average, 1,641 hits, 190 home runs and 749 RBIs.
Gordon was a three-time All-Star and a seven-time Gold Glove Award winner in left field, also winning the 2014 Platinum Glove Award as the American League’s best fielder overall. He placed in the AL MVP voting twice, in 2011 and ’14.
He was part of the Royals teams that won the 2014 AL pennant and the 2015 World Series. Gordon hit a clutch game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the ’15 Fall Classic to help lead the Royals to a win over the Mets.
Gordon ranks among the Royals franchise leaders in nearly every offensive category, including sixth in games played, at-bats, hits, RBIs and runs scored, fourth in home runs and fifth in extra-base hits.
Kansas City drafted Gordon, then a third baseman, with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 Draft. Gordon debuted on Opening Day 2007 and not only stayed a Royal his entire career, but became one of the best players ever taken with the second overall pick.
Only five No. 2 Draft picks have a higher career Wins Above Replacement than Gordon’s 34.8, per Baseball Reference. Those five: Reggie Jackson, Justin Verlander, Will Clark, J.D. Drew and Josh Beckett.
Gordon’s best seasons came in 2011, when he set career highs in batting average (.303), home runs (23) and stolen bases (17); 2012, when he led the Majors with 51 doubles; and 2014, his Platinum Glove season.