Kansas City Royals Franchise Four Candidates
By David Hill
Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Considering that Alex Gordon has really only had four seasons of being the star player that we have come to know and love, his inclusion on this list may seem strange. After all, there are other players who could be considered for inclusion in the Kansas City Royals Franchise Four that did not make the cut. However, Gordon’s performance during that time has been nothing short of special, both at the plate and in the outfield.
Since 2011, when Gordon became the Royals true star, he has posted a .283/.356/.453 batting line while hitting 76 home runs and stealing 50 bases. Gordon has also become the best defensive left fielder in baseball, to the point where the only way the Gold Glove award may leave his mantle is if he gets injured or retires. The accolades are beginning to pile up on Gordon, as he has won the last four Gold Glove awards and has made the All-Star team in each of the last two seasons.
Even though it took Alex Gordon some time to become the player that the Kansas City Royals envisioned, he has still made his presence felt on the all time lists. Gordon ranks tenth in Royals history with 121 home runs, and with seven more, will rank seventh. Gordon also ranks in the top ten in hits, runs and doubles, while ranking eleventh in RBI.
There is no question that Gordon is the best player on the Royals presently, but he is worthy of making the Pantheon? His numbers make an interesting argument.
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