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Alex Gordon Signs 4-Year Deal With Kansas City Royals

Good news for Kansas City Royals fans: Alex Gordon is coming back!

After many speculated that Gordon would be leaving, he and the Royals struck a 4-year deal worth $72 million on Wednesday. Gordon will be getting the following deal:

  • $12 million for 2016,
  • $16 million for 2017,
  • $20 million for 2018,
  • $20 million for 2019, and
  • $23 million mutual option for 2020, with a $4 million buyout.

Gordon’s deal is the richest in franchise history, knocking down the five-year, $55 million deal the Royals gave to Gil Meche and Mike Sweeney. Not bad, right?

During a news conference at Kauffman Stadium, Gordon and Royals general manager, Dayton Moore shared their feelings on the deal.

“I just want to say my family and I are very happy to be back in Kansas City,” Gordon said. “We were very appreciative of the other teams that showed interest but at the end of the day, my heart will be, and always has been, in Kansas City. “

“Mr. [David] Glass has always been very supportive and [club president] Dan [Glass] was really pushing us to get this done as well,” Moore said. “We had an absolute commitment from ownership.

“Once it looked like we were going to get a deal I was very, very happy. I didn’t know what other uniform he could have possibly worn. It just wouldn’t have looked right or seemed right.”

Gordon may have missed two months in 2015 due to injury, but that didn’t stop him from achieving .271/.377/.432 for the season, as well as 13 home-runs, and 48 RBIs in 104 games.

Gordon rejected a player option on his contract at the end of this season for slightly more than $14 million as well as the club’s qualifying offer of $15.8 million before entering free agency. But staying in Kansas City was important to Gordon, not only so he could be close to his home in Lincoln, Neb., but also to stay with Moore. The two have become very close friends over the years.

“He’s always honest with you,” Gordon said of Moore. “He always lets you know what’s going on. I will say there’s a lot of respect in that clubhouse for that man. He’s always pulling for you. It’s not just me, it’s everyone in that clubhouse.”

During the 2017 season, Alex Gordon will also pass the ten year mark in service time, which means he’ll have the ability to block any trade should he find it undesirable. (Players with ten years of service time and at least five years with the same club have the ability to block trades.) That power will also be a pretty great perk for Gordon in the coming seasons.

While he and his teammates are obviously happy about the deal, his fans, like me, are even more thrilled.

Shane Stirling of Cairns, Queensland is an HR Manager and long-time baseball fan . To learn more about his life and career, please visit his professional website.

Kansas City Royals Win the World Series for the First Time Since 1985

The Royals, Blue Jays, Mets and Cubs made up the final four teams in the 2015 MLB playoffs. Each franchise is notorious, at least in recent decades, for losing. The aggregate World Series drought amongst these four teams stood at an astounding 188 years. Of the four teams, the Mets were the most recent World Series victors as they came away with a title in 1986. One team had to win, however. The Kansas City Royals, led by manager Ned Yost, were crowned world champions after defeating the New York Mets 7-2 in the fifth game of the series.

You might remember that the Royals visited the World Series last year and just narrowly lost to the San Francisco Giants. This postseason experience proved useful as the team cruised to its first world championship in more than three decades.

While the series may have only gone five games, each night was more exciting than the next. In the final game of the series in Citi Field, the team came from behind to force the game into extra-innings. Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar both came up with clutch hits in their five-run top of the 12th. Veteran pitcher Wad Davis was on the mound to secure the victory.

Hitting upwards of .350 for the series and batting in the game-tying run in the ninth inning of the final match, Salvador Perez earned the Series Most Valuable Player Award. Perez, a Colombian and homegrown product, was ecstatic to win the award and the series.

It’s unbelievable. We’ve got almost the same group when I played my first year in 2007 in Arizona, the Rookie League. It’s amazing to now win a World Series and see the same guys with you.”

Over the course of the playoffs, the Royals earned an amazing eight come-back wins, four of which occurred in the World Series. The final game was no outlier from this trend with Mets pitcher, Matt Harvey, shutting out the Royals through the eighth inning. Down two runs to begin the ninth, Lorenzo Cain earned a walk and Hosmer doubled into led-field cutting the lead down to one run. Mets manager, Terry Collins, swiftly called upon closer Jeurys Familia to relieve the fatigued Harvey and secure the team’s second victory in the series.

Hosmer ended up at third base after a Mike Moustakas groundout. This is when Perez grounded sharply to David Wright who threw to Duda at first to get the second out of the inning. Hosmer, known for his aggressive base running, broke home immediately after Wright’s throw. Duda botched his throw home allowing Hosmer to tie up the game in an exciting, but risky, fashion.

It was not only exciting to see the Royals win a World Series Championship, but also to see a few long-suffering franchises make exciting playoff runs.

Shane Stirling of Cairns, Queensland is an HR Manager and long-time baseball fan . To learn more about his life and career, please visit his professional website.