Alex Gordon continues to show why he is one the best outfielders in the American League.
On Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals left fielder won his second consecutive Gold Glove.
The award for outstanding defensive performance came after a vote by managers and coaches, and announced on ESPN2.
“Players always want to be consistent and go out there and always produce well,” Gordon said. “To win it again is a great honor. I’m very excited about it. Hopefully, I can keep on being consistent in the outfield and keep bringing Gold Gloves home. It’s pretty cool.”
The 28-year-old had 17 outfield assists this past season, tops in the majors among left fielders. The ex-Husker and Lincoln Southeast graduate made just two errors, and finished with a .994 fielding percentage.
Gordon's Gold Gloves come a few seasons after he was playing third base. Physical limitations from a surgically repaired right hip and the rise of Mike Moustakas gave the Royals the option to move Gordon to the outfield.
“The funny thing is when I was playing third base and taking ground balls over and over again, I would always go to the outfield and shag (flies) and tell guys, ‘Man, I wish I played in the outfield,’” Gordon said. “I think it was always maybe destined that I was supposed to go out there.”
Gordon had another solid year at the plate, too. He batted .294 with a major-league best 51 doubles. He finished with 14 home runs, 72 RBIs and 73 walks.
Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen and San Diego third baseman Chase Headley were among nine players who won Gold Gloves for the first time.
Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy also was in the first-time group. The Orioles were the only team with three winners, with center fielder Adam Jones and catcher Matt Wieters also being picked by major-league managers and coaches.
St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira each won for the fifth time.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout didn't get chosen despite a season full of sensational catches. The San Francisco Giants were shut out after playing great defense to win the World Series.