Royals’ Alex Gordon announces pending retirement

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has announced his pending retirement. He will step away from the game following the 2020 season.

The team announced his pending retirement on Thursday. Gordon’s final game will come on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.

Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is congratulated after scoring a run in the first inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays
Alex Gordon is congratulated after scoring a run in the first inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays (Getty Images)

“After 14 years of hard work and dedication to the Royals, Alex Gordon is retiring from baseball,” the Royals said on Twitter. “Thank you for always giving it your all Gordo.”

The Royals are out of playoff contention. The team is presently 23-33 with four games left in this 60-game MLB shortened coronavirus schedule.

He had a one-year, $4 million deal for the 2020 season. Before this pending retirement announcement, Gordon was set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the season.

The 36-year-old was a first-round draft pick by the Royals in the 2005 MLB Draft.

This season, he has had a .211 batting average in 46 games. Gordon has had four home runs and 11 RBIs in 152 at-bats.

The veteran has had 32 hits on the season, including four doubles, and has scored 15 runs. He has been struck out 35 times and walked 16 times.

In his entire career with the Royals, he has had a .257 batting average in 1,749 games. Gordon has had 190 home runs and 749 RBIs in 6,380 at-bats through Wednesday night’s game.

Gordon has had 1,641 hits, including 357 doubles and 26 triples, while scoring 867 runs. He has struck out 1,533 times and walked 682 times.

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