Jonny Gomes Newsbeat
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Gomes will be big in Japan.
Unsure of whether or not I wanted to wait again until February to find an MLB team, I remembered that old scout from Durham. Have you ever thought about playing in Japan? And the idea of playing in the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan became option 1A. So I started doing some homework.
Here’s what I learned:
Free agency is a lot different over there. They like to set their rosters early. So if you start pushing that panic button in late January or February and you think Japan is an option, it’s really not. They don’t do the long negotiations like we do here. There’s no free-agency frenzy. Only a few guys a year become free agents.
Also, if you’re from the Major Leagues, it doesn’t matter how bad you want to play in Japan. They have to really want you. They don’t just take scraps from the big leagues here. They have plenty of talented players of their own.
They don’t need or want Major League leftovers….
Maybe I’ll see you guys again come August … Maybe I won’t.
But we’ll worry about that when the time comes. For now, I’m 100-percent focused on winning a championship in Japan.
Until then? Sayonara, ‘Murica.
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Gomes said this part of the equation will have be part of evolution that Price endures as a member of the Red Sox. But, as the outfielder explained, the 30-year-old has at least shown the ability to adapt throughout what has now been an eight-year big league career.
“He’s the new-age, young, hip player, with the social media and Twitter deal off the field. I don’t do any of it, but it’s just how these guys came up,” Gomes said. “It’s what they know. It’s their baby. They’re all attached to it. To me, that’s no harm, no foul. But I’m telling you from the day he got called up on September 1 in ‘08, truly every pitch, every inning, every outing, he has improved. That’s really, really hard to do. It’s hard to stay in the big leagues. Not only are you going against the best in the world on the other side, you have the best in the world with hitting coaches and pitching coaches. Then you have anywhere between five and 15 guys with pen and paper trying to figure out how to get you out. It’s not talent on talent, by any means. So to watch this guy improve, add pitches to his repertoire, not take a step back, is extremely impressive and rare.
“Since the report came out he was coming to Boston, I’m sure his followers even went more sky high. Anything you do every single day, whether it’s your craft, whether it’s parenting, being a boyfriend or husband, you’re going to make mistakes. How big a mistake is it going to be? Can you fix it? And can you be accountable for it?”
Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 21 comment(s)
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Where will the good luck charm land?
This is what Jonny Gomes said at the Kansas City Royals World Series parade (attended by twice as many people as actually live in Kansas City, meaning that for the first time ever there was no lunch line at Oklahoma Joe’s) while holding an American flag for those revelers who thought they had been transplanted overnight by alien whim to Belgium:
“It’s unbelievable what those boys did,” Gomes said. “It’s unbelievable what they did! It’s unbelievable what they did! They stole bases, they hit homers. Hey guess what, Cy Young winner, not on our team, beat him. Rookie of the year, not on our team, we beat him. MVP of the whole league, (turns around) sorry guys, not on our team. But we beat that guy too! You know why we beat them. Because all of you all people had our backs. And Dayton Moore put this team together and (Ned) Yost delivered it by being the captain of the ship. You all want to be politically correct, I’m the un-politically correct person. We whooped their ass!”
Now find the un-politically correct thing in that paragraph. I’ll give you just 63 years.
Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 43 comment(s)
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
The Royals defense is so great they catch everything - even chicken pox!
Outfielder Alex Rios and All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera both have been infected with the virus and could miss at least two weeks of action, as The Star first reported on Tuesday.
An examination on Monday of both players confirmed the diagnosis. Each man has been quarantined at his home in the area. The team spent the weekend conducting “damage control,” in the words of trainer Nick Kenney, making sure the rest of their players and staffers are inoculated against the virus….
The Royals believe the infections are limited to Herrera and Rios. The most at-risk players are those from countries in Latin America, where the chances of childhood inoculation are lower, experts say. Though the scenario sounds more amusing than worrisome — a World Series contender stricken by a children’s illness — the reality is far more insidious, given the severity of the virus when adults catch it.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
The Royals have added one last piece for their playoff run, acquiring Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade just before the waiver trade deadline Monday night.
Fox Sports first reported the Royals’ acquisition of Gomes, who was hitting .223 for Atlanta, but with an .878 on-base plus slugging percentage against southpaws.
The Royals also acquired cash from Atlanta in the deal and traded minor-league infielder Luis Valenzuela, 22, who was hitting .339 in 47 games for Class A Lexington in 2015.
Posted: September 01, 2015 at 01:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
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