Whack-a-Manager With Tom Gordon

After letting Pat Murphy know he would not be getting the job, the search began for a new manager of the San Diego Padres. Sources are telling us who is being interviewed for the position, so let’s take a closer look.

It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager with Tom Gordon!

Tom Gordon was drafted in the sixth round of the 1986 draft by the Kansas City Royals. He made his Major League debut on September 8, 1988. He became an immediate sensation in Kansas City the following year, posting a 17-9 record and a 3.64 ERA in his first full season, and he finished second in the 1989 Rookie of the Year balloting. He spent seven season with Kansas City before signing with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in December of 1995.

Over the course of his first two years in Boston, the Red Sox converted Gordon from a starter to a reliever. Gordon set the club’s single-season record for saves (46), with 43 of them in a row, and was named to his first All-Star Team in 1998. His 1999 season was cut short due to injury and he missed the entire 2000 season after Tommy John surgery. His popularity in Boston at this point led New England-based writer and Red Sox fan Stephen King to reference him as the object of infatuation for the young protagonist of the 1999 novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

The Red Sox traded Gordon in 2002 to the Houston Astros. He then signed with the Chicago White Sox as a free agent for the 2003 season and then with the New York Yankees in 2004 (where he was named to his second All-Star Team) and 2005.

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Gordon as a free agent for 2006, and he was named to his third and final All-Star Team that season.  In 2008, Gordon signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but spent the majority of his season on the disabled list and only pitched in three games before getting his release in August of 2009.

Gordon officially retired as a player in 2010. He is the father of Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon. Another son, Nick Gordon, was drafted fifth overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2014 draft.

Information compiled from Wikipedia and Baseball Reference.

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