Alex Gordon's career revival
Alex Gordon was hitless in his first 13 at-bats of spring training this year. In his 14th at-bat, his bat was shattered, splinters flying everywhere. But with that swing, he dropped a looper over the head of the second baseman. Others joked with him, telling him that this was the kind of hit that he could look back upon as the turning point in his season.
That was about the last day when something bad happened for Gordon, the former first-round pick who had struggled to establish himself in the majors thanks to injuries and inconsistency. Gordon is hitting .354 with a .393 on-base percentage and a .937 OPS, and in his first full season playing left field, he has performed well defensively, making a pivotal diving catch in the Royals' win on Tuesday.
Gordon has put in a lot of work in recent offseasons on his swing, but he said the other day that an adjustment he made in the middle of spring training has really helped him. He was taking batting practice in the spring, and someone mentioned out loud that he should get his hands back, to be in a better position to swing the bat.
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