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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Jonny Gomes: Sayonara, For Now: Why I’m Playing In Japan

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.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2016 at 10:36 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, jonny gomes, players tribune

Thursday, December 03, 2015

red sox - Will David Price be able to handle Boston? Former teammate Jonny Gomes offers what pitcher is up against - WEEI | Rob Bradford

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?”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, jonny gomes, red sox

 

 

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