Well, the 31-year drought is finally over for the Milwaukee Brewers. All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez was announced as the winner of the Gold Glove Award in the National League just a little bit ago, and how sweet it is for not only the team, but for Gomez himself. Gomez won the award over Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Denard Span of the Washington Nationals.
The last time the Brewers won a Gold Glove, First Blood came out, the Late Show with David Letterman debut and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was born, so it was a long time coming. Robin Yount, the recipient of the award in 1982 would be the last Brewer until now to win. Gomez was an absolute star out in center field this season, which is why he not only won the Gold Glove, but also went to the first All-Star Game of his career. I think it’s a fair assessment to say that 2013 was a fantastic year for him.
Gomez led all of major league center fielders in ultimate zone rating at 24.4 and came only second to Arizona Diamondbacks’ right fielder Gerardo Parra to leading in the entirety of the MLB. He was also second in defensive runs saved with 38. The one thing that stood out about Gomez was how he he robbed five home runs this season and against some feared hitters like Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez and Jay Bruce.
With his work out on the field this season, Gomez definitely paid back the Brew Crew for the contract extension they gave him before the season began. Looking at next season, we’ll definitely see Gomez make more spectacular catches and plays in center field. Congratulations to Carlos on the Gold Glove!