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Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes compliment Royals’ Alex Gordon in retirement

The Chiefs head coach and the Royals minority owner shared some thoughts on the retirement of a Kansas City great.

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The Kansas City Royals confirmed Thursday that 2015 World Series hero and Gold Glove outfielder Alex Gordon plans to retire from baseball at the conclusion of the 2020 MLB season (more from our friends at Royals Review).

Of course, such an announcement required a comment from minority Royals owner and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

“He’s done everything the right way his entire career,” said Mahomes, who would know. “The amount of Gold Gloves he’s won, I’ve seen him dive around the outfield growing up. I don’t want to make him sound old but growing up and throwing people out at the plate and doing everything like that.

“Then being able to hit and just being a leader on and off the field. I mean, he’s someone that set the example of how to be in the Kansas City community and lead his team to championships and do it the right way on and off the field.”

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid added that he is a “big-time fan” of Gordon’s.

“I used to joke with Alex Smith that they look like brothers,” Reid remembered with a smirk. “Both of them played about as reckless as each other, too—they’re both great athletes. But I’m happy for Alex. He gets another chapter of his life here started and I know he’ll enjoy that. He’s a family guy and he’ll enjoy being around those people and whatever else ventures into his life after this. But what a great career. He did it the right way. Kansas City was lucky to have him, and he was lucky to have Kansas City.”