A diving catch like this one helped Alex Gordon win two Gold Gloves.
By Randy York
Now that Alex Gordon has helped give your favorite university an indoor baseball/softball practice facility at Hawks Field, you can help give one of your favorite Nebraska baseball players a bump in voting for the Major League All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13 at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., home of the New York Mets.
It’s quick and easy to vote for Gordon, who has: 1) Won two MLB Gold Glove Awards; 2) Been named Royals Player of the Year; and 3) Reached Final Vote All-Star candidate status. But he has never been named to the American League All-Star roster, and that drought should end this summer. Why? Because even though the Royals are co-promoting Gordon and 2012 All-Star Billy Butler on their MLB website, Gordon has been more consistently productive this season in all phases of the game. To this point, the Nebraska icon from Lincoln Southeast is clearly the 2013 MVP of the Royals, who Monday night moved into second place in the AL Central standings with their 11th win in the last 13 games.
I voted 25 times using MLB’s link above and then received an email back, reminding me that as a free subscriber to MLB.com, I also could cast 10 additional ballots. It takes a few short minutes to vote 35 times for Gordon, but the effort would help Gordon create some momentum when the next surge of balloting begins on July 3. After identifying 10 solid reasons why the 29-year-old Gordon invested $1 million in his hometown and his alma mater, you also might be interested to know how much respect the former Nebraska All-American has for another former Husker All-American, Darin Erstad.
“Darin brings a lot of experience back to Nebraska,” Gordon told me last month. “He plays the game right and respects the game. I’ve gotten to know him more, and he definitely knows what he’s doing. I think it’s great that he schedules all of those tough teams in the early season, so it can pay dividends when the conference season rolls around and the NCAA is trying to decide who belongs in the tournament.” The Huskers fell one inning short of making the NCAA Tournament this summer when they lost the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game in Minneapolis. Indiana went on to win its Regional and sweep Florida State in its Super Regional. The Hoosiers are 1-1 in this week’s College World Series, and Gordon sees Nebraska returning to that annual classic sometime soon.
In the meantime, a major Husker donor could use some Big Red ballot box passion to enable his first All-Star Game. Alex is one Gold Glove short of Darin’s three fielding awards and while “Gordo” is still seeking that first All-Star honor to grace his resume, Erstad made the American League All-Star Team twice in his 14-year MLB career (1998 and 2000).
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