Carlos Gómez

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Carlos Gómez
Carlos Gomez in 2011.jpg
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 27
Centerfielder
Born: (1985-12-04) December 4, 1985 (age 28)
Santiago, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 13, 2007 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
(through June 19, 2014)
Batting average .260
Home runs 80
Runs batted in 309
Stolen bases 181
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Carlos Argelis Gómez Pena, nicknamed "Go-Go",[1] (born December 4, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball. He is a two-time MLB All-Star.

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

At just 16 years of age, Gómez signed with the Mets as an international free agent on July 27, 2002. Along with Fernando Martínez, Gómez was considered one of the top New York Mets outfield prospects, and was considered to be a five-tool prospect. While they were teammates, Mets shortstop José Reyes, who led the National League in stolen bases and triples for multiple seasons, said that Gómez is faster than he is.[2] In fact, while he and Gómez were teammates with the Mets, Gómez routinely beat him in foot races during Spring training 2007.[3]

In 2006, he played for the Double-A Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League, and was the co-winner of the Sterling Award. He finished second in the league with 41 stolen bases and fifth in the league with eight triples. He also batted .281 (121–430) with 53 runs scored, 24 doubles, seven home runs and 48 runs batted in.

Gómez started the 2007 season with the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. Playing every day, by the second week of May he led the Pacific Coast League with 17 stolen bases in 36 games and hit .286 (40-for-140), scoring 24 runs, and hitting eight doubles, two triples, and two home runs.[4]

New York Mets (2007)[edit]

Gómez with the Mets in 2007

Gómez was part of the youth movement in New York, and had quickly become a fan favorite at Shea Stadium. He was the youngest player in the National League when he made his major league debut on May 13, 2007.[5] On May 16, 2007, he appeared in the Mets starting lineup along with Carlos Beltrán and Carlos Delgado, marking the first time in Major League history that a single team had three starters named "Carlos" in their lineup.[citation needed] He was nicknamed 'Little Carlos', since he was the third Carlos on the team.

He became expendable when Johan Santana, of the Minnesota Twins, became available via trade, and on January 29, 2008, he and pitchers Deolis Guerra, Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey were sent to the Twins for the two time Cy Young Award winner.

Minnesota Twins (2008–09)[edit]

Gómez during his tenure with the Twins in 2009

Gómez became the starting center fielder for the Twins, following Torii Hunter's signing with the Los Angeles Angels. He won a three-way race for the center field in 2008, beating out prospects Denard Span and Jason Pridie. Gómez's 40-time had been clocked at 4.29.[6] Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has nicknamed him "Go-Go" due to his last name and his blazing speed.[7][8] Batting first, with Alexi Casilla batting second, Gardenhire has referred to the speedy duo as "Loose Cannon One," and "Loose Cannon Two."[9]

He had an excellent regular-season debut for the Twins, going 2-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs as the Twins beat the Angels, 3–2. On April 11, 2008, Gómez hit his first career triple off Yasuhiko Yabuta of the Royals.

On May 7, 2008, Gómez hit for the cycle against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. He became the fourth major leaguer and second in Twins history to hit for the reverse natural cycle. He also became the third-youngest player to hit for the cycle in MLB history.[10]

In 2008 he led the major leagues with 30 bunt hits, but was also picked off a major-league-leading 10 times.[11][12] Defensively, he led all major league center fielders in errors, with 8.[13]

Milwaukee Brewers (2010-present)[edit]

On November 6, 2009, Gómez was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for J. J. Hardy and $250,000.[14]

In 2011, he led all NL outfielders in range factor, at 2.97, and tied for the NL lead in fielding percentage of outfielders, at 1.000.[15] On July 20, 2011, Carlos fractured his collarbone when he made a diving catch in shallow center field. Gomez returned for the rest of the season in September. Through 2011, he had the best career range factor of all active major league outfielders, at 2.923.[16] During the 2011 Postseason, Gómez hit .357, with 1 home run and 2 RBIs.[17]

In 2012, Gomez started the season platooning with Nyjer Morgan and Norichika Aoki in center field, until Morgan's lack of production and Aoki being moved to right field allowed Gomez to play more full-time in center. Gomez ended up having the best season of his major league career at that point. Gomez attained career highs with a .260 batting average, .305 on-base percentage, 19 home runs, and 37 stolen bases in the 2012 season.

Prior to the 2013 season, Gomez signed a 3-year, $24 million extension with the Brewers, which will keep him signed with the club through 2016.[18]

Carlos Gomez started the 2013 season as the Brewers starting center fielder, though he struggled early, batting only .162 after the first couple of the weeks of the season. After that, Gomez went on a tear, getting 3 hits in each of the next three games, raising his average back up to .300 just a week later. Gomez was named National League Player of the Week for his efforts, the third time he has won the award.[19]

Gomez's hot hitting earned him being named to his first All-Star team.

On September 26, Gómez was suspended for one game[20] for his role in a violent on-field altercation during a game on September 25 against the Atlanta Braves.[21]

Gomez's 2013 season has been by far the best of his major league career, attaining career highs in practically every offensive category: a .284 batting average, .338 on-base percentage, 27 doubles, 10 triples, 24 home runs, 80 runs scored, 73 RBI's, and 40 stolen bases. Gomez had a spectacular season defensively as well, leading the league in defensive putouts, as well as taking away a staggering 5 potential home runs. Gomez also finished second in the National League in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) with 8.4, behind only Clayton Kershaw.

On October 29, 2013, Gomez won the NL Gold Glove award for center field.[22] Gomez became the first Brewer to win the award since Robin Yount in 1982.

Gómez began 2014 as Milwaukee's starting center-fielder and leadoff hitter. He started the first 39 games for the Brewers in center field before he missed 5 games from a back injury he suffered on May 13. During this time, he dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension he incurred for throwing a punch at Travis Snider in a brawl against the Pirates.[23] Upon his return, Gomez was moved to the clean-up spot in the Brewers batting order, 4th, due to injury to the usual clean-up hitter, Aramis Ramirez. Gomez has kept this spot in the order even when Ramirez returned. Gómez has a 31 game on-base streak dating back to May 7, the longest in the 2014 season.[24] Gomez also, as of June 21st, has a 17 game hitting streak. As of June 21, Gomez is batting .318, with a .382 on-base percentage, 20 doubles, 12 home runs, 40 RBI's, and 11 stolen bases.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Massoth, Kevin (5 September 2013). "Gomez raring to 'Go-Go,' finish season with flourish". MLB.com. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Brian (June 4, 2007). "El Duque's Schooling a Hit for Gomez". New York Post. Retrieved June 15, 2007. "That is how a speedster whose 64 steals in 2005 were second in all of minor league baseball – and who Jose Reyes admits is faster than he is – should be playing the game." 
  3. ^ "Gomez's chances over Milledge". Retrieved September 8, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Mets recall Gomez, option Pelfrey". New York Mets press release. May 13, 2007. Retrieved May 14, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Year-by-Year League Leaders for Youngest Player". Baseball-reference.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ Fuhrman, Zeke (4 April 2008). "Minnesota Twins Profile Part I: CF Carlos Gomez". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Souhan, Jim (28 May 2013). "All systems Go-Go: Ex-Twin Gomez is going at full speed". Star Tribune. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (10 November 2009). "Gardenhire on Carlos Gomez: 'He irritates people, sometimes me'". CBS Sports. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Reusse, Patrick (14 June 2008). "Headache must be Gardenhire's price for needed victory". Star Tribune. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Willis, Ken. Hey Willie! Best Style is Winning. news-journalonline.com. April 20, 2008.
  11. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2008 » Batters » Batted Ball Statistics". Fangraphs.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ "2008 Major League Baseball Baserunning/Misc". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ "2011 Postseason MLB Baseball 1B Fielding Statistics". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  14. ^ McCalvy, Adam. "Brewers trade Hardy to Twins for Gomez." Major League Baseball. November 6, 2009. Retrieved on November 6, 2009.
  15. ^ "2011 National League Fielding Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Active Leaders &amp Records for Range Factor/9Inn as OF". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Statistics for the 2011 Season, including the Postseason". 
  18. ^ Rosiak, Todd. "Carlos Gomez gets 3-year extension with Brewers". JSOnline. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  19. ^ Cassavel, A.J. "Gomez garners NL Player of the Week honors". MLB.com. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  20. ^ McCalvy, Adam (26 September 2013). "Gomez suspended one game for fracas". MLB.com. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  21. ^ McCalvy, Adam (26 September 2013). "Gomez apologizes after scuffle, ejection". MLB.com. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  22. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/229790581.html
  23. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (May 14, 2014). "Injured Carlos Gomez drops appeal, accepts 3-game suspension". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. 
  24. ^ Milwaukee Brewers (June 19, 2014). "Gomez has reached base safely in 31 consecutive games". Twitter. 

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