Before COVID-19 interrupted the 2020 MLB season, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon was looking forward to his 14th season in the big leagues. The veteran inked a one-year, $4 million deal with the Royals in January.
Gordon, 36, is a three-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove Award winner, but has had four consecutive average-or-worse seasons. From 2016-19, he hit an aggregate .237/.320/.366 and was worth 4.1 WAR per Baseball Reference, an average of just over one WAR per season. Some believe it might be Gordon’s last season, but he put that notion to bed.
Gordon spoke with Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star, saying, “I feel like I still want to play at least a few more years, and I want to get back to not losing 100 games, pushing for the playoffs, stuff like that to get back to kind of what we’re talking about (the World Series runs in 2014 and 2015).”
The Royals haven’t been back to the postseason since winning the World Series in 2015. Whether Gordon can recapture his productive ways and help the Royals out of their rut remains to be seen, but it sounds like he still has the drive to keep on playing beyond 2020.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”