The votes are in and Kansas City Royals’ outfielder Alex Gordon is making his second consecutive trip to the All-Star game. The All-Star game will begin a week from Tuesday and determines home field advantage for the World Series.
Gordon was the Royals’ MVP during the 10 game winning streak a few weeks ago, but has since slumped off a bit. He’s had outstanding defensive plays all season long though, which clearly made an impact on the voters.
So far this season, Gordon has had 83 hits, 46 runs scored, 42 RBIs, 23 doubles, nine home runs, and six stolen bases. He’s currently batting .263.
Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star weighed in on Gordon’s selection and his impact with the team.
“Heading into Sunday, [Gordon] ranked trailed only Los Angeles wunderkind Mike Trout in the American League in FanGraphs’s version wins above replacement, an advanced metric which measures a player’s performance compared to a Triple-A equivalent.”
Alex Gordon will be joined by two other Royals, relief pitcher Greg Holland and catcher Salvador Perez. These three represented the Royals in last year’s All-Star game and that year it was the first time since 1988 that Kansas City had sent more than two players to the All-Star game.
It’s awesome to see three Royals making the All-Star game, but I can’t help but feel that a few Kansas City guys got the shaft. Shortstop Alcides Escobar has had a terrific year so far, as has relief pitcher Wade Davis.
Back to Gordon though, McCullough had more to say.
“His value derives from various sources. Gordon is a solid hitter, and his .769 OPS ranks third on the Royals. He runs the bases well. His defense is elite, and he appears on track for his fourth consecutive Gold Glove.”
My personal highlight of Alex Gordon this season was during a game against the Baltimore Orioles when he smashed two three-run home runs. I happened to be at that game and it was quite a sight to see.
Congratulations Alex Gordon, Greg Holland, and Salvador Perez! Make Kansas City proud!
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