At the University of Nebraska, Alex Gordon was considered by all of the experts not just to be the best Cornhusker on the diamond but the best baseball player in all of the NCAA. The winner of the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award, unsurprisingly, was Kansas City’s first pick (second overall) 2005 Amateur Draft.
A three-time All-Star, Alex Gordon led the American League in Doubles in 2012 and has had a pair of 20 Home Run seasons and another four where he exceeded 15. Gordon has not always had the best Batting Average, but he did bat .303 in 2011. Realistically it was Gordon's defense that has given him his greatest value to Kansas City.
Gordon played multiple positions in the field for KC, but it was at Leftfield where he truly shone. He captured seven Gold Gloves, a Platinum Glove, and three Wilson Defensive Awards.
Gordon retired after the 2020 season, and while COVID-19 rendered his swansong less than impactful, he was still the heart of the team throughout the 2010s. We don't think that Gordon will make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but you can't have a top twenty list of the best Royals of all time without Gordon on it.
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