Royals left fielder is among the top two-way players in the big leagues
By Spencer Fordin
Alex Gordon is still pining to prove that he's #ASGWorthy.
Gordon, Kansas City's stellar left fielder, has been an All-Star in each of the past two seasons, but he's still seeking his first hit in the Midsummer Classic. The veteran will need some fan support to get back to the All-Star Game, and he pumped an extra-inning home run on Tuesday night to state his case.
Gordon, who is now hitting .295 with a .417 on-base percentage, has earned a reputation as one of the American League's top two-way players. The former first-round Draft pick has won an AL Gold Glove in each of the past four seasons, and he's helped the Royals establish themselves as postseason contenders.
The 31-year-old was first named to the All-Star team in 2013, and he came off the bench and went 0-for-1 in his league's 3-0 victory that season. Gordon was named to the All-Star Game again last season, but he had to sit out with a wrist injury. Gordon hit .185 with four runs scored and two RBIs in last year's World Series for Kansas City.
And now, Gordon is hoping for some help to get back on the game's grandest stage. The Royals are at the top of the AL Central, and Gordon might get a residual bounce right back onto the All-Star team.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.
Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.
Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.
The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.