Tom “Flash” Gordon Could Flat Out Shove On The Hill

Tom “Flash” Gordon Could Flat Out Shove On The Hill

MLBbro Tom “Flash” Gordon was a supreme Melanated Mound Marauder who began his career as a starter and ended it as an elite closer for eight MLB teams spanning 21 seasons. Flash was selected to three All-Star Games, won 138 games while saving 158. Standing just 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, the diminutive dynamo won 17 games as a starter in 1989 and saved 46 games in 1998 in the second half of his career as a fireman.

 

 

Nick Gordon Is Pretty Good At This Baseball Thing | Family Pedigree Is Shining Through

Nick Gordon Is Pretty Good At This Baseball Thing | Family Pedigree Is Shining Through

Nick Gordon has settled in nicely in his second season with the Minnesota Twins. This season, the 26-year-old has played both the infield and outfield and has had success at the plate as well. You can call Gordon a man who wears many hats because wherever you put him in the field, he’s going to go out there and make the plays.

 

Looking at his numbers he’s really stepped up offensively this season. That’s just the sign of hard work. Gordon has shown a lot of maturity and you can tell he’s a lot more confident. 

 

Rookie Nick Gordon Is Taking Advantage Of His Time On The Diamond

 

And he has already seen more playing time than last year and that will continue to happen as the season progresses. He recently had one of his best performances, against the Detroit Tigers. On Monday, Gordon went 3-for-4 with a stolen base.

It was his first three-hit performance this season. 

Let’s be real, if you can have success at the plate, you will find yourself in the lineup. And if Gordon can continue that success, the Twins will find a way to make a spot for him. The Twins are in a position to make the playoffs and having a versatile player like Gordon on the team is beneficial.

 

 

Gordon stepped up significantly at the beginning of the season when All-Star outfielder Byron Buxton was out due to injury. He held it down out there in centerfield and gave Twins fans something to look forward to. Even when Gordon’s bat isn’t clicking, he can be used as a defensive replacement in close games down the stretch and anywhere on the field. 

Our MLBbro had a hot start to July, where he had a six-game hitting streak. He then cooled off a bit and has picked things back up during the last three days of the month. This will be a crucial month for the Twins as the race in the American League Central could potentially come down to the wire.

And look for Gordon’s name to be called on more and don’t be surprised if you see him come up in clutch situations where the game is on the line. Whether he’s running down a fly ball in the outfield or making a diving stop in the infield, Gordon will leave it all out there on the field.

Nick Gordon Is Crushing His Opportunity To Shine In Minnesota

 

The Twins will be a team you want to keep your eye out for heading into the playoff run. Keep a bold MLBbro eye out for Nick Gordon along with Byron Buxton.

Get your popcorn ready because it’s going to be a show.

Nick Gordon Is Officially The Byron Buxton Insurance Policy

Nick Gordon Is Officially The Byron Buxton Insurance Policy

Nick Gordon is more than a gadget player for the Minnesota Twins.  He held it down in the outfield during Byron Buxton’s absence and put on a show while doing it.

The Twins selected Nick Gordon fifth overall in the 2014 MLB Draft and although it took some time, he has finally become an impact player at the Major League level.

Gordon, who was brought up as a middle infielder, was thrown into the fire during his rookie season in 2021 after the Twins squad was decimated with injuries earlier in the year. He was forced to spend a lot of his time in the outfield, particularly in center, while sporting a .240 average with 10 stolen bases in over 200 plate appearances.

This year he made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career and again his role with the team changed just a few games into the season when his fellow MLBbro teammate Byron Buxton suffered a leg injury that kept him out for about a week.

In his absence, Gordon got the chance to take over Buxton’s home in center field once again and made the most of it with a few highlight plays.

Last Thursday Gordon made a perfect throw on a fly ball to center field to gun a runner out at home to keep his teams shutout going.  He has natural talent and all you have to look at is the ease he used when making that throw.

Gordon is a second-generation Big Leaguer as his father Tom “Flash” Gordon pitched 21 seasons with eight different teams.  In 1998-1999 he set what was then a record with 54 converted saves in a row.

His half-brother Dee-Strange Gordon is a two-time All-Star and won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for the Miami Marlins back in 2015 after being a part of a few fun Dodger teams led by Matt Kemp.

Expectations for Gordon were high even before he was drafted. He was named the 2013 Gatorade National Player of the year as a junior in high school where he saw success as a two-way player.

This season people hope those abilities show at the game’s highest level, not only on the defensive side but in the batter’s box as well.

Gordon got off to a slow start, but over his last seven games has a .267 average with a .400 slugging percentage and a triple, one more than he had all of 2021.

With Byron Buxton returning from injury this weekend and already being back in prime form (judging from his 4-4 day at the plate Saturday including two home runs and a double and then his game-winning three-run blast on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox) Gordon may see a little less time in center. But with the versatility Gordon brings on the defensive side, he will be able to give Buxton a few rest days here and there, in order to stay healthy for this marathon of the season.

Nick Gordon Is Officially The Byron Buxton Insurance Policy

Rookie Nick Gordon Is Taking Advantage Of His Time On The Diamond

Minnesota Twins outfielder Nick Gordon is building a legacy of his own in his first season in the league. 

The 25-year-old rookie has given the Twins a reason to keep him around. Whether he’s started games or has come off the bench, Gordon has gone out there given full effort.

The Twins can utilize Gordon in numerous ways. He has the ability to play in the infield and outfield. You can use him as a pinch runner with the speed he possesses and he can be used as a defensive replacement.

We told you back in May, he was here to stay.

 

 

This brother adds a lot of value to this Twins team and that’s a big reason why he is on the roster.

Because of injuries to players like Byron Buxton, the rookie has seen his number called on multiple times this season.

Despite his hitless performances in two of the four games he’s played in, he has still put together some impressive numbers in his first year.

Through 33 games, Gordon has a .250 batting average with a home run, five RBI, and five stolen bases.

For a rookie who is not an everyday player, those are some pretty good numbers.

 

 

Don’t pay attention so much to the numbers because Gordon is a valuable asset to the Twins. He understands his role on the team and he knows that he has to stay ready at all times.

This is a critical season for Gordon because how he performs will help determine his future. It’s all about making the most of your time on that field. Gordon did that on July 23 against the Los Angeles Angels. That game, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

This brother can play and is very talented. It’s really no surprise that he’s still on the Twins roster. After all, they’re still trying to figure out how their outfield is going to look, with Team MVP Byron Buxton still on the injured list.

After only appearing in two games during May, Gordon hit the ground running in June. During the month of June he hit .318 in 44 at-bats. At that time, he was out to prove himself and show that he belongs in the league.

Well, he did just that and he started to put himself on notice throughout the league. This is a long season and as long as Gordon can continue to stay healthy, he will continue to see playing time on the field, especially towards the end of the season.