Former Husker and Lincoln native Alex Gordon earned his third straight Gold Glove award on Tuesday night. A left fielder for the Kansas City Royals, Gordon was one of three Royals to be selected, joining catcher Salvy Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
"It means a lot," Gordon said. "The first one was pretty special, but to be able to share it with two teammates makes this one the best one of all. To do what Hoz and Salvy have done over the last couple of years and to come out and win one with me is awesome and I'm just happy to share it with them."
Gordon beat out Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes and Detroit’s Andy Dirks after he led American League left fielders with 341 total chances but made only one error. He led the AL with 17 outfield assists and now has a Major League best 54 assists since 2011. Gordon set a club record with 20 assists in 2011 and led all left fielders in 2012 with 17 assists.
After winning his second Gold Glove last season, Gordon become one of just three players in franchise history to win the award more than once. He now joins second baseman Frank White as the only Royals player to win three in a row.
Gordon is now tied with former Husker and current Head Coach Darin Erstad for the most Gold Gloves by a Husker. Erstad made MLB history in 2004 when he became the first player to ever win Gold Gloves in the infield and outfield. We earned the award as a center fielder in 2000 and 2002, before being selected as a Gold Glove recipient at first base in 2004.