Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is retiring. The Royals announced today that their first round pick in the 2005 MLB Draft out of Nebraska is hanging it up at the end of this season.
The 36-year old Lincoln native played with KC for his entire 14-season big league career and will rank among the franchise leaders in nearly every offensive category.
But, he distinguished himself the most with his glove. After beginning his career as a third baseman, Gordon won all seven of his Gold Gloves for his work in left field from 2011 through last season.
He played in three consecutive All-Star Games from 2013-15. “Gordo” was one of the leaders on the Royals World-Series winning club in 2015. He smacked a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of Game 1 and Kansas City ultimately beat the Mets in 14 innings.
Before becoming the second overall draft selection in 2005, Gordon was a two-time First-Team All-American at NU. He was a career .355 hitter in three seasons as a Husker.
Gordon also spent parts of five seasons with the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate in Omaha, most extensively in 2010 when he spent 68 games with the O-Royals learning the ropes in left field.