Royals’ Gordon to retire after 14 years with team

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, a seven-time Gold Glove winner and one of the longest-tenured players in club history, is retiring from baseball.

The Royals announced Gordon’s retirement Thursday but did not indicate whether the three-time All-Star would play in their four remaining games this season.

The Royals noted Gordon’s “14 years of hard work and dedication” to the club and thanked him for “always giving it your all, Gordo.”

Gordon, 36, was selected by the Royals with the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2005 and has spent his entire 14-year career with Kansas City.

After starting his career primarily as a third baseman, Gordon shifted to left field and became one of baseball’s top defenders at the position, winning seven Gold Gloves over a nine-year stretch from 2011 to 2019.

Gordon also was one of the leaders on Kansas City’s World Series-winning team in 2015. He belted a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of Game 1, which Kansas City ultimately won in 14 innings.

Gordon is sixth in Royals franchise history in games played (1,748), hits (1,641), runs scored (866), RBIs (749) and at-bats (6,377). He also ranks fourth in club history in home runs (190) and fifth in doubles (357).

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