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Friday, September 24, 2021

Carlos Gomez Officially Announces Retirement

Former major league outfielder Carlos Gómez officially announced his retirement this afternoon in a ceremony at Milwaukee’s American Family Field (video via Adam McCalvy of MLB.com). The announcement finalizes the end of a 13-year major league career.

Of course, there hasn’t been much doubt that Gómez’s playing days had already concluded. The 35-year-old last played in the majors in 2019, and he hasn’t played professionally since wrapping up a stint with the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League between 2019-20. Reports out of the Dominican Republic in January 2020 indicated Gómez’s playing days were likely coming to an end, but he hadn’t publicly finalized that decision until today.

Gómez ceremoniously hung up his spikes as a Brewer, with whom he had the best run of his career. Acquired from the Twins over the 2009-10 offseason, the electric center fielder spent the next four and a half seasons with the Brew Crew. At his peak, Gómez was one of the sport’s top power-speed threats. Between 2013 and 2014, the right-handed hitter posted a .284/.347/.491 line with 47 home runs. He chipped in 74 stolen bases over those two seasons while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2021 at 11:35 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 24, 2021 at 11:52 PM (#6041588)
Of course the eternal question is did he play the game the "right way".....
   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 25, 2021 at 01:00 PM (#6041609)
Gomez' 319 walks is the second-fewest among players with at least 1,200 strikeouts (Tony Armas, 260).
   3. The Duke Posted: September 25, 2021 at 01:04 PM (#6041610)
Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!
   4. escabeche Posted: September 25, 2021 at 07:09 PM (#6041656)
Probably the most fun player to watch in my whole time following the Brewers. Love this guy. Will never forget seeing him walk, steal second, steal third, and miss stealing home only because the ball got away from the catcher after he'd already broken for home and they scored it a WP.
   5. we all water; we all 57i66135 Posted: September 25, 2021 at 08:17 PM (#6041681)
i'm old enough to remember why his nickname is go-go, instead of car-go, but not yet old enough to forget.
   6. Hombre Brotani Posted: September 25, 2021 at 09:28 PM (#6041697)
Probably the most fun player to watch in my whole time following the Brewers. Love this guy.
I used to tune in to Brewers games just for him. He was just so much fun to watch. I honestly didn't know he was still active.
   7. Booey Posted: September 26, 2021 at 02:34 AM (#6041731)
I always get the 2 Car-Go's mixed up. In addition to having similar names, Carlos Gomez and Carlos Gonzalez are the same age (both born in 1985 within 2 months of each other), have almost the exact same career spans (2007-2019 vs 2008-2019), and near identical WAR totals (24.3 vs 24.4).
   8. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: September 26, 2021 at 03:29 PM (#6041758)
Definitely one of my favorite Brewers. Even without his run in with world arbiter of baseball the right way.

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