Alex Jonathan Gordon resides in Lincoln, Neb., with his wife, Jamie...the couple has two sons, Max and Sam...Drafted following his junior season at Nebraska where he swept the collegiate baseball awards for College Player of the Year, the Golden Spikes Award, the Dick Howser Award, the Brooks Wallace Award and the ABCA Rawlings Player of the Year...was also an ESPY Award Finalist for the Best Male College Athlete...Earned first-team All-America honors in his sophomore and junior seasons... hit .372 (94-253) in 72 games with 22 doubles, four triples, 19 home runs and 66 RBI as a junior...Led Huskers to Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and the school's third College World Series appearance in 2005...Only the second two-time first-team All-American in Nebraska history and finished the season as the Big 12 leader (conference games) in walks and on-base pct., while ranking third in home runs, total bases and slugging pct...The highest draft pick out of Nebraska since Darin Erstad was taken first overall in the 1995 draft...He was named the No. 1 college draft prospect by Baseball America as well as the second-best overall prospect, best pure collegiate hitter, the second-best collegiate five-tool talent, second-best collegiate power hitter, best collegiate strike-zone judgment and second-closest to the Majors among collegiate players...A member of 2004 U.S. National Team and helped Team USA to an 18-7 overall record, seeing a majority of his playing time at first base...hit .388 with four home runs, 12 RBI and 18 runs scored in 24 games...Named the top offensive player at FISU World University Baseball Championships, where he led all players with a .524 average...A two-time Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year at Lincoln Southeast (Neb.) High School...His father (Mike, Nebraska), older brother (Eric, Nebraska-Omaha) and younger brothers (Brett and Derek, Park University) played college baseball, while his grandfather (Charlie) was the long-time coach at Lincoln Southeast...Participated in Royals Caravans, 2006-12 and in 2014...also participated in Royals FanFest, 2008-16...Provided funding for the Alex Gordon Training Complex at the University of Nebraska, which was completed in 2011...The Royals 2012 Roberto Clemente Award nominee...he and his wife have co-chaired the annual Royals Coat Drive, volunteered at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau, worked with Alex's Lemonade Stand charity and also hosted the Playing for Pink Casino Night in Lincoln that benefitted the Nebraska Diamond Dawgs Baseball Team and the American Cancer Society...In 2014, became a charter member of the Taylor Hooton Foundation's "Advisory Board" of active Major-League players. The Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against the use of performance and appearance-enhancing drugs by the youth of America...Winner of the 2014 Hutch Award, given each year to a Major League player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, both in on-field achievements and off-the-field work...He and wife, Jamie, are long-time supporters of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research...has also supported other cancer-related causes, including MLB's Honorary Bat Girl program, the Team Jack Foundation, Braden's Hope for Childhood Cancer and the Toys of Summer event... also supports SAFEHOME, a domestic violence shelter.
Signed a four-year contract to remain with the Royals on January 6, 2016...Elected to his third-straight All-Star Game in 2015...he did not play due to injury...He missed 48 games during July and August after suffering a grade 2 left groin strain on July 7...still managed to bat .271 with 18 doubles, 13 homers and 48 RBI in 104 games...blasted 11 home runs and collected 39 RBI before the break...A four-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, Gordon had just four assists, fewest since moving to the outfield in 2011... Among hitters with at least 300 at-bats, his .377 on-base percentage ranked sixth in the American League...ranked 13th in the A.L., averaging a walk every 8.61 plate appearances...also tied for fourth in the A.L., being hit by pitch 14 times...Batted .321 (26-for-81) with runners in scoring position and .326 (14-for-43) with RISP and two outs...it three home runs and also batted .333 (16-for-48) in 14 Interleague games this season...his 21 Interleague home runs are tied for 17th among active players in the Junior Circuit...Batted .385 (10-for-26) with a double, two homers and seven RBI in the eight games before going on the disabled list...also hit .370 (10-for-27) with three doubles in the first eight games after coming off the D.L...Became the second player in the last 35 years (since 1980) to collect seven hits and at least six RBI in a single day, doing so in a day-night doubleheader vs. Tampa Bay on July 7...the only other player to do this was Ben Zobrist, who had seven hits and 10 RBI in a doubleheader vs. Minnesota on April 28, 2011...His huge day July 7 included matching a career high with four hits in the night game of the twinbill, marking the 11th time he's done that in his career...he also had four hits in a September 14 game at Cleveland...Moved into ninth-place on KC's all-time RBI list, finishing the season with 523 RBI as a Royal...he also passed Mike Sweeney (66) for fourth on the club's all-time hit-by-pitch list (67)...Hit out of the leadoff spot 18 times, connecting for his franchise-best 14th career leadoff home run on September 14 off Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco.
Alex had another All-Star season, leading the club in homers (19), RBI (74) and tying for second in doubles (34)...Selected to his second-straight All-Star game, but did not participate due to a wrist injury...Became the first Royals outfielder named to consecutive American League All-Star teams since Willie Wilson in 1982 and 1983...Named the American League's Platinum Glove winner, becoming the first outfielder to win that award…Won his fourth-consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove, joining Frank White (1977-82) as the only other Royal to win at least four in a row...He's the first American League outfielder to win four-straight Gold Gloves since Torii Hunter and Ichiro Suzuki both won eight-straight (2001-08)...Ranked sixth in the A.L., hitting .338 (44-for-130) with runners in scoring position…Also ninth among A.L. outfielders in RBI (74)...His RBI came at clutch times, as he tied for sixth in the league with 14 game-winning RBI...He also tied with Seattle's Robinson Cano for 14th in the A.L. with 22 go-ahead RBI...13 of his 19 home runs either tied the game or gave Kansas City the lead...Batted .309 (101-for-327) when he hit in the No. 5 spot in the batting order with a .385 on-base percentage and a .489 slugging pct. (24 doubles, one triple, 11 homers)...Slugged nine home runs during the month of August, second-most in the Major Leagues behind only Houston's Chris Carter (12)...Hit safely in a season-best nine-straight games, May 23-31, batting .364 (12-for-33) with two doubles, a homer and five RBI during his streak...Enjoyed a career day vs. the Orioles on May 18, going 4-for-4 with a pair of 3-run homers...Became first Royal since Jermaine Dye (1999) to collect 6 RBI in a game where he was 4-for-4 or better...Gordon's 4 hits matched a career high, while it was his first multi-homer game since August 11, 2012 and KC's first of 2014...Blasted his second-career walk-off home run on August 26, a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth off Twins' closer Glen Perkins...It marked his first walk-off homer since he hit one vs. Baltimore on July 30, 2010...Became the 10th player in franchise history to record 1,000 hits in a Royals uniform with a fifth-inning single on August 5 at Arizona...He will enter 2015 ranked ninth on KC's all-time list with 1,044 career hits...His 34 doubles tied for 16th in the American League...since the start of 2011, his 157 doubles are fourth in the Majors, behind only Robinson Cano (172), Miguel Cabrera (166) and Adrian Gonzalez (165)...Since becoming a full-time outfielder prior to the 2011 season, his 61 assists are the most in the Major Leagues...He tied for the team lead and 11th in the A.L. with eight assists in 2014...Started all 15 postseason games in left field with a Royals postseason record six doubles, a homer and 11 RBI...RBI total was the second-most by a Royal in a single postseason, behind Eric Hosmer's 12...Also recorded four steals which led all players in this year's postseason and tied for the most by a Royal...Slugged the go-ahead home run in the 10th inning in Game 1 of the ALCS at Camden Yards... Also collected a bases clearing double in the game to match the KC postseason record with four RBI in the game, tying Jim Sundberg (Game 7 of 1985 ALCS) and Willie Aikens (Game 1 of 1980 World Series)...Collected three RBI in Game 3 of the ALDS, becoming the first player to drive in at least three runs in consecutive postseason games since Mike Lowell did it for Boston in Games 1 and 2 of the 2007 ALCS vs. Cleveland.
Alex got off to a fast start and was selected to his first All-Star Game, batting .329 over the first two months of the season...led team in at bats (633), runs scored (90) and homers (20)... Earned his third straight Rawlings Gold Glove Award, becoming just the third Royal to earn a Gold Glove in three seasons joining Frank White (1977-82, 1985-86) and Amos Otis (1971, 1973-74)... Topped the American League with 17 outfield assists, which tied with Arizona's Gerrardo Parra for the Major League lead...his 54 assists since the start of 2011 are the most in baseball... Tied for ninth in the league with 52 multi-hit games...his 162 multi-hit games since 2011 are the fourth-most in the Major Leagues... Also tied for sixth in the league with a career-high six triples...finished second in the A.L. with 63 RBI in the leadoff spot... Blasted first two grand slams of his career, April 25 at Detroit and July 2 vs. Cleveland...became first Royals player with multiple slams in a season since Yuniesky Betancourt hit three in 2010... Hit four home runs to lead off games, giving him 13 in his career, which is the most in club history... Recorded team-best three walk-off hits, collecting game-winning RBI vs. Toronto (April 14), vs. Chicago-AL (May 5) and vs. Atlanta (June 26)... Collected four hits in a game for the ninth time in his career, May 19 at Oakland...also matched a career-high with four runs scored vs. Washington, August 23. He signed a four-year contract extension through 2015 with a player option for 2016 on March 30, 2013.