Video: Alex Gordon dives into the stands to make the catch

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon made a terrific catch in the sixth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the White Sox. With the Royals leading 3-0, Edinson Volquez began the sixth facing Micah Johnson. Johnson was late on a 93 MPH fastball, sending a fly ball down the left field line into the stands. Gordon could have let the ball drop, but instead he caught the ball with a leap and his momentum took him into the crowd. One fan in a White Sox jersey appeared to have taken the brunt of Gordon’s damage.

Gordon was also helpful on the offensive side of things, slugging a two-run home run in the fourth inning off of John Danks, but the Royals weren’t able to generate much offense otherwise. They lost 5-3 to the White Sox.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).