Alex Gordon bags Les Milgram award after clinching Gold Glove award

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Alex Gordon bags Les Milgram award after clinching Gold Glove award

It did not take Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals long to add another award to his cabinet as he took his first Les Milgram award of his career. He took the trophy for the Royals’ Player of the Year and talked to the press after receiving the accolade. The event held on Wednesday, November 2, invites members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, based in Kansas, to cast their votes on the best stars of the club.

The award ceremony is held in memory of Les Milgram, a local businessman who convinced club founder, Ewing Kauffman, to expand the franchise. Gordon was honoured and it was not the only achievement he picked up in the last two days. He was also the Gold Glove winner earlier.

The hard hitter was impressive with the bat this season as he averaged .303 with the stick, driving in 87 runs and hitting 23 runs. Playing most of his games in the outfield, the star was valued well on the left field position. His fielding percentage was .991 and he eventually beat New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner to lift the Gold Glove.

"I was hoping to play well - I didn't have Royals Player of the Year or Gold Glove on my mind, but I definitely went in there with a positive mindset and I felt that I could play well.

The outfielder has transitioned from being a third baseman to now being a left fielder. The last highest batting average Gordon put up was .260 and that was in 2008. Apart from that season, all other seasons had a batting average below .250. This year marked the first time he crossed the .300 figure.

"I just came into this season motivated - not that I haven't before - but with the last two years, injuries and being sent down and stuff like that, I think that drove me in the offseason to work even harder, and that's what I did. Throughout the year, I took every day playing 100 percent on the practice field and in every game, and it paid off a little bit."

With manager Ned Yost on his side, Gordon is picking up his game well and could become a regular at the club on a permanent basis.

 

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