Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon will make an appearance back in Nebraska as he joins the Omaha Storm Chasers this weekend on a rehab assignment. Gordon is no stranger to Nebraska, as he began his highly-touted baseball career at Lincoln Southwest High School.
During his time at Lincoln Southwest, Gordon earned two Nebraska Player of the Year awards before heading to the University of Nebraska. At Nebraska, Gordon earned First-Team All American honors his sophomore and junior seasons. Gordon was just the second player in Cornhusker history to receive that honor twice.
Gordon led the Cornhuskers to the College World Series in 2005, leading the team to its first College World Series victory after going winless in its prior two appearances. Nebraska beat Arizona State 5-3 in its first round game, but fell to Florida 7-4 in its second round game, and eventually lost in a close elimination game rematch with Arizona State 8-7.
Gordon was then drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the second overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. Gordon went on to win four straight Golden Glove awards from 2011-14. The three-time American League All Star helped the Royals win their second World Series Championship last season.
In his time with Kansas City, Gordon has a .267 batting average with 624 runs, 267 doubles, 21 triples, 138 home runs and 533 RBIs.
This is not the first appearance for Gordon in Omaha. During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Gordon appeared in 86 games and was named Pacific Coast League All-Star in 2010. He also joined the Storm Chasers for eight games in 2015, where he batted .429 with six runs, two doubles, a homerun, and five RBIs.
The Omaha Storm Chasers said ticket sales for Gordon’s return tonight against the New Orleans Zephyrs have been strong, but they do have a few seats available. Tonight is also a fan-favorite event, Thirsty Thursday, featuring $2 Bud and Bud Light cans, and $1 Pepsi fountain drinks.
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