The Kansas City Royals have had plenty of outstanding players during their history. Now, our three-part countdown of the best 50 reaches the top 10.
A total of 858 Major League players have worn the Kansas City Royals uniform. With the franchise getting set to celebrate its 50th season, we have counted down the top 50 players in Royals history from 50 to 11. Now, we have reached the top 10. These are the best players ever to have played for the franchise.
To see part one of this countdown, which counted from 50-31, click here.
To see part two of this countdown, which counted from 30-11, click here.
No. 10) Alex Gordon, third baseman/outfielder, 2007-present
After four seasons and 329 games at third base, Alex Gordon made the transition to the outfield full-time for the 2011 season. He won his first Gold Glove that year. Gordon won it again in each of the next three seasons, earning the Platinum Glove for best overall defensive player in 2014. He then won his fifth Gold Glove in 2017 after playing his 1,000th game in the outfield in a Royals uniform.
A three-time All-Star, Gordon has had three 6-WAR seasons, including the 2012 campaign in which he led the American League with 51 doubles. Kansas City Royals fans of recent ilk won’t forget arguably his most important contribution to date: his game-tying, ninth-inning home run in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, which the Royals won 5-4 in extra innings.