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Thursday morning on a radio show in the Milwaukee market, one of the show’s hosts posed a question:
“Should I start to worry about Carlos Gomez and the year he’s having?”
This was a question meant to spark conversation about whether Carlos Gomez is only performing as well as he is because he must be taking a performance-enhancer of some kind.
Let me be quite clear with my blunt response and then I’ll go into detail and explanations.
It’s unfair and, frankly, incredibly lazy to have come anywhere near that conclusion.
Now they went out of their way to say that they aren’t making accusations and they aren’t trying to say he’s guilty of anything, but if a question of whether you need to be worried about Gomez’s performance because he can’t be doing this naturally isn’t accusatory…
His co-host said “Can I just say this? I think you think that Go Go is juicing.” After a long pause, his reply was “…….I don’t think Go Go is juicing. But It’s 2013 and the guy’s batting average has jumped 130 points.”
“Is there perhaps something going on with (Gomez)?”
“I’m not accusing him of using but come on…it’s gotta raise an eyebrow.”
“I hope he’s not. I don’t think he is. But it’s 2013.”
“I think you have to be (suspicious of him)!”
He then tries to justify his doubt which lends itself more toward the accusatory tone of the entire thing. His batting average is really high and way higher than his career mark. His on-base percentage is really high and way higher than his career mark. His slugging percentage is really high and…
You get the point.
The one thing that he said that is smart is that it is, in fact, 2013. The problem is that he misapplied what that means. To me it doesn’t mean that every player who does well must be subjected to the cloud of doubt. To me, it means that there is plenty of available statistical analysis to couple with other evidence to actually understand some legitimate reasons behind what appears to be a significant breakout.
First of all, let’s tackle the OBP. Gomez’s on-base percentage entering play on May 10th is 45 points higher than his batting average (which is, of course, a part of OBP to begin with). This isn’t some outlandish event. Last season, Gomez finished with an on-base percentage which was, drum roll please, 45 points higher than his batting average. His career mark is 47 points north. Doesn’t seem that wildly out of line to me given his higher batting average.
As for the increase in slugging percentage. Reaching base safely via hit increases your slugging percentage, even for singles. With Gomez, he’s gotten more than a couple of additional fortuitous bases on some plays which increase the slugging that much more. Here are two examples from just-completed series against the Rangers. Gomez swung very hard at a pitch but made contact off the end of the bat, fooling the left-fielder David Murphy. Murphy couldn’t make the catch. That’s fortunate enough on its own as it increases all three parts of a slash line. But then, based on the angle the outfielders were taking, the ball somehow got by both Murphy and centerfielder Leonys Martin. Gomez got a double, which gets the extra boost to slugging percentage. The second example is the play where Texas right fielder Nelson Cruz seemed to be in position to make a catch, bailed at the last second, and when the ball (for whatever reason ruled a hit instead of an error) got to Cruz, the catch wasn’t made. Gomez was hustling the whole way, ended up at third base, and was credited with a triple. Average up. OBP up. Slugging up with a bump via extra-base hit. Speed guys occasionally take extra bases which also helps their slugging percentage normalize a touch to the powerful, slow gentlemen who must occasionally settle for a long single. More over, Gomez has always had power in his game but it’s the increase in fly ball and line drive rates to begin with that is boosting his home run numbers, the biggest booster of a high SLG.
And for the average itself, it’s an exercise in unsustainability. Carlos Gomez is currently sporting a .447 BAbip, which is batting average on balls in play. For the record and in case you didn’t know, home runs are not counted as “in play” for the purposes of this calculation. So what that means is that for every ball hit into the field of play that ends an at-bat for Carlos Gomez, damn near half of them are landing on the grass. Baseball players average right around a .300 BAbip which means that Gomez is having an abundance of good fortune on where he’s hitting the baseball right now. Some of that is luck, sure, but there’s more to it that I’ll get into momentarily. The point here though is that this number will come down and with it Gomez’s batting average will deflate a bit.
Now regarding that “more to it” from a moment ago, it’s been documented that Gomez changed a few things this off-season in both his preparation (including training) and his approach at the plate. Gomez has done new hitting drills to refine bat control. There is also talk of how he worked with pitchers during the off-season to get increased exposure to game-situation pitching by guys trying to “get him out”. The idea there is that if he sees more live pitching that’s trying to get him to fail and not just batting practice, he’d be more prepared.
Then there is his approach. Gomez has said that he decided to stop trying to be the hitter that people have told him to be throughout his career and to be more natural at the plate. He’s always been told to try to hit ground balls and do other things that “speed guys” do. Last season saw the first bit of that as Gomez’s ratio of home runs to fly balls increased. This season though he’s been putting it all together to another level though.
The combination of better preparation and improved approach has resulted in better contact and that has resulted in more consistently beneficial outcomes.
And here are a couple of general concepts that can’t be ignored when it comes to thinking about why Carlos Gomez is breaking out to the level that he has so far this season.
- He’s in his age 27 season which is widely regarded as the beginning of the peak for hitters, where the intersection of physical skills and mental acumen are crossing at their highest points.
- He’s always been considered to be a “toolsy” player in so much as it relates to the five tools of baseball but he just hadn’t yet put it all together and realized his potential but that potential was massive.
And finally, let’s not forget why many players traditionally have said that they’ve used performance-enhancers: To get paid. Carlos Gomez already got paid. He signed his lucrative contract extension over the off-season so why would he all of a sudden start something that would risk his legacy? To know Gomez is to know that while he’s having great fun playing a kid’s game, he considers himself to have elite talent. That’s conceptually just not the kind of guy who’d need to take something.
So, sorry for rambling, but thank you for reading. My ultimate point is that there is just so much to consider as possible and probable reasons for Gomez’s current level of play that it’s just lazy and ridiculous to throw out PEDs first or really at all with zero evidence to that end. I get that the media’s job is to question things and that perhaps if they’d done a better job of that back in the late 90s we maybe wouldn’t be subjected to this cloud of doubt. Then again, isn’t it inherent upon us as fans to simply enjoy success for what it is? Why jump out to conclusions that are damaging to a player’s reputation and introduce doubt into the minds of those who want to be happy that a guy like Gomez is finally realizing his potential?
I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be questions when questions are warranted but other than a lack of understanding as to why a batting average can be so high on May 9th (not “getting to be Memorial Day” as was also mentioned on the radio, because two and a half weeks is still two and a half weeks) and an apparent lack of desire to analyze instead of rumormonger, what could possibly be there to have warranted this?
Cynicism be damned. How about a glass-half-full approach once in a while?
After all, that’s the side on which the evidence currently lies.
Milwaukee – (That’s how I start these things, right?)
Tonight at Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers hosted the NL Central Division-leading St. Louis Cardinals in the first of a four-game set.
The third inning was particularly hospitable to the redbirds as they brought 11 men to the plate and scored six times. It was a rough and often unlucky inning for Wily Peralta who broke multiple bats, and was blooped, flared, and papercut to death by the Cards. There were a couple of hard hit balls as well but the majority of safe strokes would qualify for the “Punch & Judy” Hall of Fame. The six runs that the Cardinals scored in the inning would be all they got for the night, which added even more to the feelings of frustration.
After the game, Roenicke talked about the troublesome inning for Peralta.
“You see weird things and it’s not always fair,” said Roenicke. “(Peralta was) okay. It was definitely not as bad as what those numbers look like.”
As for Peralta’s repertoire, Roenicke admitted that, “his offspeed stuff wasn’t as sharp as I think he needs to get it to. He needs to be able to throw a slider for a strike when he needs to and he needs to be able to bounce it when he needs to. His change ups he’s got to mix in more. His sinker is still really good. I thought it was down most of the night.”
Peralta would eventually get out of the third and pitch into the fifth before putting two on in the fifth. Alfredo Figaro entered and only allowed one hit over the next 2.2 innings.
Peralta for his part understood that he made a bunch of good pitches in the third inning getting a couple of broken bats and suffering several weak hits but that it was obviously the difference in the game.
“This inning (was) the difference in the game”, said Peralta. He said it was particularly upsetting to give up so many consecutive hits with two outs.
He credited the bullpen for allowing the offense a chance to win. “The bullpen did a good job and (held) there.”
As for St. Louis, Jake Westbrook did what Jake Westbrook does on the mound and allowed some baserunners, but only three consecutive fourth inning singles from Weeks, Gomez, and Maldonado were able to scratch a run across off of the Cardinal veteran.
Luckily, “veteran” in this case also means “old” and Westbrook was lifted after 6.0 innings pitched for Joe Kelly. All Kelly did was get charged with two runs in 0.2 IP (raising the 8.31 ERA he entered the game with), and force Cardinal manager Mike Matheny to call on Mitchell Boggs. The new right-hander walked two — the first loaded the bases, the second scored the second run off Kelly — without recording an out. Matheny had to go get Trevor Rosenthal then who struck out Martin Maldonado to end the threat.
Tom Gorzelanny continued the quality work out of the bullpen this evening with a quick and clean 8th inning.
Rosenthal stayed in for the 8th inning. He got the scuffling Alex Gonzalez to pop out in foul territory to Yadier Molina, but then Blake Lalli scalded one what had to be a good 25 feet between a bewildered Molina and Rosenthal. Norichika Aoki reached on an error with one down, but resident hero Jean Segura could not come through on this night as he struck out swinging, chasing a high fastball.
That brought Ryan Braun to the plate as the new tying run, and he singled up the middle to plate Lalli and put Aoki on third. The legend of Yuni B 2013 took a hit though as he struck out swinging to end the inning. Still, that made the score 6-4 in favor of the Cardinals heading to the 9th.
The 9th saw Burke Badenhop get Carlos Beltran to bounce back to him, strike out Matt Holliday, and break the bat of Allen Craig on a soft liner to Segura.
The last of the ninth, and the game, belonged to Edward Mujica and the Cardinals though. Weeks attempted to cut the lead in half but his deep drive to RF was hit about 30 feet too far left. Gomez singled and eventually would steal second. After Maldonado struck out looking, Gonzalez came through with an RBI single to CF.
That allowed Ron Roenicke to send up Jonathan Lucroy to pinch-hit. Unfortunately, Lucroy would strike out to end the game with the Brewers falling a run short.
After the game, Josh Prince was optioned down to the Nashville Sounds where he will get a chance to play every day. He admitted that at least a part of him was excited to play regularly again.
“That’s what I love to do is play the game. But there’s no better place to play than (the big leagues).”
Prince will work defensively at multiple positions in preparation for his eventual return.
The move opens up a spot on the roster for the returning Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez will rejoin the team officially on Friday and be active for that evening’s game.
THE 2013 “VOTE BREWERS!” CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY
Online Brewers.com Fan Balloting Begins Tomorrow, Miller Park Firestone Balloting Begins April 29; Participating Entrants will have Opportunity to Win Incredible Prizes
MILWAUKEE – Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for Milwaukee Brewers players year in and year out. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in five of the last six All-Star Games since 2007, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their favorite Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.
And while it may still be April, it’s time to ramp up and Vote Brewers! This season, eight Milwaukee Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York City. Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2013 MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program and the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot.
Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Corey Hart, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Norichika Aoki.
Beginning Wednesday, fans are able to vote online at brewers.com and beginning Monday, April 29, fans will be able to vote through in-park balloting at Miller Park.
At brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park Suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the 2011 National League MVP. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address. More information and rules may be found at brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield and Club Outfield seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).
Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. In-park balloting at Miller Park begins on Monday, April 29 and continues through Friday, June 21, comprising 25 home dates. The Vote Brewers! campaign will feature event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts, and signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FS Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There will also be voting parties staged during the balloting period.
With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 21 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game. Rules will be available at the Polling District.
Ryan Braun narrowly missed being elected a starter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game after finishing fourth in voting among National League outfielders to Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers by just over 100,000 votes. Braun was later named a starter to replace the injured Kemp.
In 2011, Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004). He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury). Rickie Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011. In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).
In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars. In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote. In 2007, Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star Game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988. A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 277 of the 2013 Brewers media guide.
The 2013 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 7 on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS. Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.
Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at brewers.com through Thursday, July 4 at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Following today’s final exhibition game (a victory over the Chicago White Sox), the Milwaukee Brewers announced their 25-man roster for Opening Day.
Here is the breakdown by position.
- John Axford
- Burke Badenhop
- Marco Estrada
- Mike Fiers
- Alfredo Figaro
- Yovani Gallardo
- Michael Gonzalez
- Tom Gorzelanny
- Jim Henderson
- Brandon Kintzler
- Kyle Lohse
- Chris Narveson
- Wily Peralta
- Jonathan Lucroy
- Martin Maldonado
- Alex Gonzalez
- Yuniesky Betancourt
- Aramis Ramirez
- Jean Segura
- Rickie Weeks
- Norichika Aoki
- Ryan Braun
- Khris Davis
- Carlos Gomez
- Logan Schafer
The Brewers will also be carrying four (4) players on the big league 15-day disabled list to begin the season (Jeff Bianchi, Taylor Green, Corey Hart, Mark Rogers) and one (1) on the 60-day DL (Mat Gamel).
Special congratulations go out to Alfredo Figaro, Mike Fiers, Jim Henderson, Jean Segura, Khris Davis, Wily Peralta, Martin Maldonado, and Logan Schafer who are all making their first Opening Day MLB roster!
Recorded last night over dinner and during a fantasy baseball draft, my podcast partner Cary Kostka and I get you ready for Opening Day!
We discuss the 25-man roster projection, lineup for Opening Day, rotation, Kyle Lohse, Yuniesky Betancourt and more!
Click here to download the podcast: Brewer Nation Podcast – 2013 Opening Day Preparedness
As an addendum to the initial report about the contract extension signed today by Carlos Gomez, the final numbers do break down as tweeted by Adam McCalvy…
#Brewers announce 3-year extension for Gomez. Source says he gets $7mm in ’14, $8mm in ’15, $9mm in ’16. Story at the site.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 13, 2013
…but correcting the previous report that it was a four-year extension, Gomez’ 2013 contract status was unchanged by today’s extension.
Gomez stands to make $24 million total in new money and will play the 2013 season under his agreed to $4.3 million salary. (As much was confirmed by McCalvy.)
Answering a common question — Gomez’s 3-year extension kicks in next year (2014-16). His 2013 salary is unchanged. Buys out 3 years of FA
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 13, 2013
Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel has tweeted the following information a few minutes ago:
I’m hearing the Brewers are going to extend Carlos Gomez’s contract. Four years, around $27.5 million. Will update here in a bit.
— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) March 13, 2013
(I just finished profiling Carlos Gomez for my “Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers” Opening Day countdown series last week. You can read that profile here: #27 Carlos Gomez)
If the rumors are true and the dollars are close to what was first reported by Rosiak, this could stand as a major value signing by Doug Melvin and the Brewers. The market prices for for top flight free agent centerfielders were more than double what the average annual value of this extension for Gomez would be worth. B.J. Upton, for example, was signed for five years at $75 million total, or $15 million per season. After Gomez makes his $4.3 million in 2013, he’ll bump up to $6.875 million (or so, depending on the final dollars) per year.
With Gomez just now entering his prime, another five total years of high-level defensive play alone should be considered a virtual lock (injury always the caveat) and should most of his offensive breakout from the end of 2012 carry over, this will absolutely be a steal.
UPDATE: Here is the full official release from the Brewers…
The Milwaukee Brewers signed outfielder Carlos Gomez today to a three-year contract extension through the 2016 season. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“We are happy that Carlos has decided to remain a Brewer for a number of years,” said Melvin. “He has always had the physical skills, and his recent performance has given us the confidence that he will take the next step in becoming one of the top center fielders in the game. His energy, speed and aggressive style of play is a perfect fit for Ron Roenicke’s style of managing.”
Gomez, 27, who would have been eligible for free agency following this season, batted .260 with 19 HR, 51 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 137 games in 2012. He made 98 starts, all in center field. He batted .281 (66-for-235) with 14 HR and 33 RBI over his last 67 games last season and is batting .529 (9-for-17, 1hr, 1rbi) this spring.
In 2012, Gomez was one of just five players in the Major Leagues with 15+ home runs and 30+ stolen bases, joining teammate Ryan Braun, Mike Trout (Angels), B.J. Upton (Rays) and Jimmy Rollins (Phillies). Since joining the Brewers in 2010, Gomez is 71-for-82 in stolen base attempts. His success rate of 86.6% trails only Coco Crisp (120-for-136, 88.2%) in the Major Leagues by anyone with at least 70 stolen bases during this period.
Gomez was selected to the Dominican Republic provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but elected not to play.
UPDATE 2: Adam McCalvy just tweeted the contract details for the extension years…
#Brewers announce 3-year extension for Gomez. Source says he gets $7mm in ’14, $8mm in ’15, $9mm in ’16. Story at the site.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 13, 2013
Reaction poured in from fellow Brewers fans on Twitter as well. Check some of these out.
Steal. RT @haudricourt: We are hearing Brewers are going to extend Carlos Gomez for four years at about $27.5 million.
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) March 13, 2013
Look at the BJ Upton contract, look at Gomez’s extension, and tell me any way that isn’t a steal.
— Jack Moore (@jh_moore) March 13, 2013
Plus, in case you forgot, Gomez is only going to be 27 this year. Brewers still getting his prime years.
— Jaymes Langrehr (@JaymesL) March 13, 2013
Carlos Gomez is such a good CF that he could be the worst hitter in the majors and he’d probably be worth $7 mil…
— Larry Granillo (@wezen_ball) March 13, 2013
Happy Tuesday. Happy March 5th. Happy Another-day-of-mother-nature-making-up-for-the-last-two-years-in-southeastern-Wisconsin-by-dropping-a-bunch-of-snow-on-it.
Well, that last one isn’t so happy I suppose, but as the mail must go through so must “Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers” go on!
Today’s profile is on a man who took a pretty big step forward over the course of the last 12 months…
It was this time last year, as we sit 27 days away from Opening Day at Miller Park, that I spoke glowingly of the defensive prowess of one Carlos Argelis Gomez while questioning his plate discipline as he would begin the season in a platoon with 2011 playoff hero Nyjer Morgan.
Some things changed while others have remained the same.
Gomez is still a plus defender, using his plus-plus speed, jumps, and reads to cover an incredible amount of ground in center field. He gets turned around once in a while and occasionally doesn’t take the best path to the ball, but the same can be said of any centerfielder.
Speed on the bases was certainly still there for Gomez as well in 2012, even more so than before. He stole a career-high 37 bases during the regular season at an 88.1% success rate. Part of the reason he was able to steal so many bags was that he got on base at the highest rate in his career to this point. And while it may have only resulted in a .305 OBP, that’s still seven points better than his previous best and 29 points higher than 2011.
His increased on-base percentage wasn’t the only change for Gomez though, not was it the only career-best mark he would put up in 2012. Gomez posted bests in all three components of his slash stats (batting average, OBP, and slugging percentage), home runs, and stolen bases. Furthermore he’d have posted bests in many more of his counting stats had he been healthy all year and/or wouldn’t have had to begin the year in that platoon.
In 2008 as a Minnesota Twin, Gomez had his statistical second best full season. Here is that full line:
.258/.296/.360, 79 R, 149 H, 24 2B, 7 3B, 7 HR*, 59 RBI, 33 SB (44 ATT), 25 BB, 142 K
Of those, only the seven home runs wasn’t a career-high entering 2012. Now compare that to his 2012 as a Brewer:
.260/.305/.463, 72 R, 108 H, 19 2B, 4 3B, 19 HR, 51 RBI, 37 SB (42 ATT), 20 BB, 98 K
The major difference? 614 plate appearances in 2008 and only 452 in 2012. I’ll let you do the math yourself if you so choose, but suffice it to say that Gomez would have likely surpassed his totals in at least four more categories.
Yes, you can pretty easily state the case that 2012 was a bit of a breakthrough for Gomez. Even better though is when you consider that other than a hot start in April in limited playing time, Gomez best months were July, August, and September. He finished strong while getting better. And other than a terrible June in which Gomez hit just .188 in 64 at-bats, he didn’t hit lower than .250 in any month. Perhaps these jumps can be contributed to everything finally “coming together” for Gomez. After all, a player’s “Age 27″ season is often referred to as when a player will be in the prime. The confluence of physical conditioning, training, and mental acumen are flowing together as good as they will for a professional baseball player.
The only thing about that? Carlos Gomez was 26 years old last season.
Other things that have changed for Gomez include his role. No longer will he be in a platoon in center field unless he plays his way back into one somehow. It’s his job to start the year. Logan Schafer can fill in as a worthy backup from time to time, but the job Gomez does both while his cleats are on both grass and dirt will impact this Brewers team plenty.
Gomez will be playing 2013 under a one-year deal worth $4.3 million. The contract was agreed upon to avoid arbitration. It was his last year of arbitration eligibility though and unless a contract extension somehow worked out with agent Scott Boras before the season ends (it won’t be), Gomez stands to enter free agency at the beginning of his prime. Boras rightfully sees big dollars on the horizon for Gomez. As such Gomez is looking to capitalize all over the playing field so he can do likewise off of it this winter. Whether that will be as a Milwaukee Brewer in future years remains to be seen but Gomez certainly likes it in Milwaukee which isn’t a detriment to contract negotiations. Obviously it isn’t all it takes either. I never said it was.
For the outlook of his 2013 season and beyond to be properly fulfilled though, Gomez must keep his legs healthy. Speed goes first, they say, so while his speed is still very much intact, Gomez must make the most of it this year. That’s good for Gomez and good for the Brewers if he’s playing up to all of his natural ability.
Gomez must control it though and stay within himself when the occasion demands it. His all out style resulted in a trip to the disabled list in early May as he strained a hamstring. He was activated 16 days later but it took him some time to get back up to full gait. His numbers suffered through June certainly in part because of it.
To aid himself in a productive “Age 27″ season, Gomez did one thing that many didn’t think he would. He put his national pride aside. After being named to the provisional roster of his native Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic, Gomez eventually decided that April through October of 2013 was more important to him and his future than March of 2013.
If Gomez is able to maintain that level of dedication to his craft this year and finally realize the potential that once caused him to the be the centerpiece of the trade that sent an in-his-prime Johan Santana to the New York Mets…
You can follow Carlos Gomez on Twitter: @C_Gomez27
Miss anyone along the way? Catch up on the Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers profiles to this point:
- #29 Jim Henderson
- #31 Burke Badenhop
- #32 Tom Gorzelanny
- #37 Mark Rogers
- #38 Chris Narveson
- #41 Marco Estrada
- #45 Kelvim Escobar
- #46 Hiram Burgos
- #48 Donovan Hand
- #49 Yovani Gallardo
- #51 Michael Gonzalez
- #53 Brandon Kintzler
- #54 Josh Stinson
- #57 Khris Davis
- #58 Josh Prince
- #59 John Axford
- #60 Wily Peralta
- #61 Darren Byrd
- #63 Tyler Thornburg
- #64 Mike Fiers
- #65 Miguel De Los Santos
- #67 Santo Manzanillo
- #68 Jesus Sanchez
- #70 Nick Bucci
- #71 Johnny Hellweg
- #73 Ariel Peña
- #74 Michael Olmsted
- #75 Travis Webb
- #77 Jed Bradley
- #78 Taylor Jungmann
- BONUS ARTICLE: #91-94 Adam Weisenberger, Hunter Morris, Kentrail Davis, Rafael Neda
Ron Roenicke is getting some of his wishes granted, though not all of them just yet.
Earlier today it was confirmed that RHP Nick Bucci was declining his invitation to pitch for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic because his shoulder was giving him a little trouble this spring and he didn’t want to take any chances.
That’s a legitimate shame for Bucci who told me at the time of his selection that “Being able to represent Canada in the mecca of baseball is truly a blessing and downright honor.”
Now this evening, the news comes down that centerfielder Carlos Gomez won’t be playing for the Dominican Republic as he was been set to do. Gomez decided that focusing on his regular season preparation in a contract year was more important at this stage of his career.
The Brewers still have 13 players set to participate.
Team USA (2)
- Ryan Braun
- Jonathan Lucroy (Twitter: @JLucroy20)
Team Mexico (2)
- Yovani Gallardo
- Marco Estrada
Team Canada (4)
Team Puerto Rico (2)
Team Italy (1)
- Jeff Bianchi
Team Netherlands (1)
- Hainley Statia (@HStatia4)
Team Australia (1)
- Mike Walker (@Walk1988)