Just glovely: Brewers' Gomez wins award
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
One of the longest droughts in Milwaukee Brewers history finally came to an end on Tuesday night when Carlos Gomez was awarded a Rawlings Gold Glove as the top center fielder in the National League.
Gomez bested fellow finalists Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Denard Span of the Minnesota Twins, with the result being announced on ESPN2.
“Getting a Gold Glove is a dream come true for me,” Gomez said in a telephone interview from his native Dominican Republic.
“All of my career, I’ve had to work and I’ve thought of myself as one of the best center fielders in both leagues. This is special for me, my family and the Brewers organization.”
The last Brewers player to win a Gold Glove was Robin Yount at shortstop in 1982, while the last Brewers outfielder to win a Gold Glove was Sixto Lezcano in 1979.
Gomez becomes the fifth player in Milwaukee history to be so honored, and his Gold Glove is the 10th overall or the franchise.
Former Brewers first basemen George Scott (1972-’76) and Cecil Cooper (1979-’80) also won the award, which is presented annually to the best defensive player at each position in both leagues.
“It’s more fun and exciting because the Brewers organization gave me the opportunity to become the player that I am now,” Gomez said when asked about ending the Brewers’ 31-year drought, which was the longest in the majors between Gold Gloves.
“It means a lot to me. It’s my first Gold Glove and I’ll do the work to get it next year, too.”
Gomez cemented his victory by being credited with 38 defensive runs saved, which led all major-league center fielders, and a career-high 12 assists, which trailed only the New York Mets’ Juan Lagares (14).
By comparison, McCutchen was credited with seven runs saved and recorded 11 assists while Span was credited with three runs saved and notched five assists.
Gomez also made five home run-saving catches, earning him considerable time on national highlight reels in the process.
Two of those—the first on July 8 against Joey Votto and the second on Sept. 15 against Jay Bruce—came with two outs in the ninth inning and preserved victories against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park.
“I made a few plays people are going to remember,” Gomez said. “One of those is the catch that I made in Houston, and a few of the home runs I robbed in center field.
“They make people excited to watch the replays over and over—including myself—and it’s really cool to see yourself make that kind of play. I’m going to continue to work to try and be successful like that.”
Gomez, who signed a three-year, $24 million contract extension in mid-March, also had a breakout season at the plate. He hit .284 with 24 home runs and 73 runs batted in—all career highs for the 27-year-old.
“The last few years, I’d been doing really solid work on defense but I couldn’t really put it together with my offense,” he said. “This year, with playing every day, people realize I’m one of the best center fielders in the league.”