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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Longtime Royals star Alex Gordon to retire

I’m still his #1 fan.

Longtime Royals star Alex Gordon has decided to retire following the 2020 season, the team announced on Thursday.

Gordon, 36, played 14 seasons, all for Kansas City, starring for the 2015 squad that won the World Series.

Gordon was an All-Star three times and has won seven Gold Glove Awards for his excellent defense in left field, including each of the past three seasons.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2020 at 12:19 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zach Posted: September 24, 2020 at 12:33 PM (#5978470)
He ended up having a pretty great career that was totally different from the career everybody expected him to have. His home run off of Familia is one of the peak moments I've had as a Royals fan.

This generation's Mr. Royal.
   2. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: September 24, 2020 at 12:46 PM (#5978474)
He's really struggled the last few years, one of those players with "old player skills", but up until age 31 he really contributed, as #1 says, in ways no one expected, as he was supposed to be the Royals' third basemen of the future.
   3. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 24, 2020 at 01:09 PM (#5978484)
At best I'd have had him 3 years younger than he is. I forgot it took him time to get going but he wound up with a hell of a career.
   4. CFBF is Outside the Margin of Error Posted: September 24, 2020 at 01:56 PM (#5978504)
Will end up 10 home runs short of 200 for his career. Might have been able to barely pass that threshold in a full season -- he needed 14 this year, and he hit 13 in his previous two complete seasons.
   5. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: September 24, 2020 at 02:00 PM (#5978506)
He was of course part of Madison Bumgarner's legendary 2014 World Series: two outs, bottom of the ninth, Gordon drives a base hit that is misplayed by the outfielder, and Gordon was held at third. Bumgarner retired the next hitter and that was that.
   6. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 24, 2020 at 02:15 PM (#5978509)
Seven Gold Gloves, fourth all-time in Royals history in position player WAR, in the top five or six of most of the categories on the franchise all-time leaderboard. Zach's exactly right; that's not what anyone expected out of Gordon, but in terms of total contributions to the organization, he's the best position player KC has had since Brett retired.

A Nebraska kid, grew up a Royals fan, spent his entire career there, won a World Series ring, walks away as a beloved member of the Royals family. That's a freakin' phenomenal career. I imagine that if you'd have told ten-year-old Alex Gordon that's how it would turn out, he'd have been absolutely ecstatic.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: September 24, 2020 at 02:37 PM (#5978517)
And adding to the Royals' surprisingly strong (for a 1969 expansion club) Only Played for the Franchise Team.*

Brett, White, Gordon and Wathan on the position player side.

On the mound, Leonard, Splittorff, Busby, Rosado and, sadly, Ventura make up one of the best rotations in all of MLB.

* As always, retired players only.
   8. Zach Posted: September 24, 2020 at 02:41 PM (#5978520)
Gordon's career is a major argument that if a guy can't handle a defensive position, it's best to move him off right away. Theoretically, third basemen are more valuable than left fielders. But moving him to left field turned a struggling third baseman into a perennial gold glover and unlocked his bat in the process.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 24, 2020 at 02:53 PM (#5978525)
Heck of a career. A rare defense-first LF. Similar to Brett Gardner, with a little less longevity.
   10. McCoy Posted: September 24, 2020 at 02:58 PM (#5978526)
Ryan Braun. Didn't need his bat unlocked but damn better as a LFer than a third baseman
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 24, 2020 at 03:04 PM (#5978528)
Ryan Braun. Didn't need his bat unlocked but damn better as a LFer than a third baseman
It’s well known that third base is anti-Semitic.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: September 24, 2020 at 05:39 PM (#5978565)
I imagine that if you'd have told ten-year-old Alex Gordon that's how it would turn out, he'd have been absolutely ecstatic.

And he'd have signed for 30 years, $627.42 and a complete set of Pogs.

Congrats to Gordon, a very fine career.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: September 25, 2020 at 05:51 AM (#5978669)
And adding to the Royals' surprisingly strong (for a 1969 expansion club) Only Played for the Franchise Team.*

Also overlapping almost entirely with the FA era.

Now wait a second ... according to b-r, U L Washington's full name is U L Washington. Wiki does not un-confirm it (although they do use periods). If this is true, why do I not know it? Why was this not drilled into the brain of every child in America? If true, it should be on the citizenship test.

EDIT: Digging deeper, the b-r bullpen explicitly says it is his name.
   14. Rally Posted: September 25, 2020 at 07:58 AM (#5978671)
It’s well known that third base is anti-Semitic.


It's always been a reactionary position.
   15. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: September 25, 2020 at 11:18 AM (#5978699)
Now wait a second ... according to b-r, U L Washington's full name is U L Washington. Wiki does not un-confirm it (although they do use periods). If this is true, why do I not know it? Why was this not drilled into the brain of every child in America? If true, it should be on the citizenship test.

EDIT: Digging deeper, the b-r bullpen explicitly says it is his name.


When you wiki'd him, did you not read down to the 3rd line?

The U and L are not initials, but rather are his given legal name.
   16. BDC Posted: September 25, 2020 at 12:07 PM (#5978712)
Closest outfield careers to Gordon's, by PAs, OPS+, and dWAR. Given the "defense-first" characteristic, I was expecting more old-timey guys to show up, but most are contemporary or at least not ancient. The exception is Sam West, a star for the Senators and Browns in the 1930s.

Rk          Player dWAR   PA OPSRbaser  HR RBI   BA         Pos
1     Garry Maddox 11.4 6777  101   15.0 117 754 .285      
*8H/79
2       Curt Flood 10.6 6957  100   18.0  85 636 .293    
*8H/7549
3      Alex Gordon  7.0 7241  102   10.7 190 749 .257 
*75/38HD916
4        Alex Rios  2.9 6929  100   27.7 169 794 .277     
*98/HD7
5    Carl Crawford  1.4 7178  105   47.9 136 766 .290      
*7/H8D
6         Sam West  1.0 6973  104    4.0  75 838 .299     
*8H7/39
7       Randy Winn  0.7 6878   99    9.7 110 662 .284     897H
/D5
8     Vernon Wells 
-0.4 7212  104   12.4 270 958 .270  *87/D9H345
9       Adam Jones 
-0.7 7516  106   14.3 282 945 .277     *89/H7D 


Provided by Stathead.com: View Stathead Tool Used
Generated 9/25/2020.
   17. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: September 25, 2020 at 12:12 PM (#5978714)

The U and L are not initials, but rather are his given legal name.


Maybe he was named after U Thant.
   18. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 25, 2020 at 12:26 PM (#5978715)
And in turn, U Thant's given name was just "Thant" - "U" is a sort of title that gets added to the names of highly respected Burmese men in senior positions.
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 25, 2020 at 12:46 PM (#5978720)
Huh. Interesting that L Washington's 82 OPS+ would have earned him such reverence in Burma. The Burmese must really value defense.
   20. SoSH U at work Posted: September 25, 2020 at 02:36 PM (#5978745)
The Burmese must really value defense.


Or toothpicks.
   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 25, 2020 at 03:12 PM (#5978761)
   22. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 25, 2020 at 03:13 PM (#5978762)
Or toothpicks.
That can’t be it, unless we haven’t been made aware of U Dusty Baker’s honorific.
   23. CFBF is Outside the Margin of Error Posted: September 25, 2020 at 03:25 PM (#5978768)
Bill James ranks the greatest 198 players in Royals history and ranks Gordon sixth.


Hey, Bruce Chen in the top 100!
   24. Zach Posted: September 25, 2020 at 04:58 PM (#5978795)
Subjectively, I think 6th is a bit low for Gordon. Willie Wilson, Amos Otis, Frank White, and Hal McRae were all contemporaries of Brett, who was clearly the best of the bunch.

For comparing players for a single franchise, I think being the best player on your team for an extended time should count extra. Otis at least had several great seasons before 1975, when Brett turned in his first good season. So I'd either go Brett, Gordon, Otis or Brett, Otis, Gordon for the top three.
   25. Walt Davis Posted: September 25, 2020 at 09:27 PM (#5978841)
I'm not gonna dig into James's point system here ... I was originally surprised McRae was that high but he lasted a good bit longer than I remembered and was decent-good for longer than I thought. Part of 15 seasons, about 7400 PA will put you high on almost any franchise's list ... still just 28 WAR.

Also surprised to see Mayberry ahead of Saberhagen. Mayberry had some big years but some small years and only 6 years in total -- 21 WAR, one 2nd place MVP. That's a very solid effort but Saberhagen is at 8 seasons, 1600+ IP, 110 wins, 128 ERA+, 2 CYAs and a whopping 41 WAR. That's #2 on Royals' pWAR (Appier) and 5th overall.
   26. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: September 26, 2020 at 10:29 AM (#5978914)
That can’t be it, unless we haven’t been made aware of U Dusty Baker’s honorific.


U isn't a title that's conveyed but rather the proper way to address an older man/ a man in an important position. It's sort of like a combination of "Sir" and "Mr.".

So Dusty would definitely be U Dusty Baker should he decide to move to Myanmar for some reason.
   27. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 26, 2020 at 11:47 AM (#5978930)
So Dusty would definitely be U Dusty Baker should he decide to move to Myanmar for some reason.
Have they never heard about Mark Prior??
   28. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 26, 2020 at 11:53 AM (#5978932)
And in turn, U Thant's given name was just "Thant" - "U" is a sort of title that gets added to the names of highly respected Burmese men in senior positions.


U Nu this or did U look it up?

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