A year after hitting a career high 24 home runs and winning a Gold Glove, Brewers’ center fielder Carlos Gomez is aiming for a new goal in 2014.
He wants to hit 50 home runs.
“Home runs are a fun thing to do,” Gomez said. “Last year I hit 24. I wish I could hit 54.”
Fifty home runs is obviously not going to be an easy feat for Gomez; he has only 51 home runs over the last three seasons and 68 in his career.
But Gomez thinks he has what it takes to hit the landmark.
“Why not?” Gomez said. “Bautista did it four years ago.”
Jose Bautista hit 54 dingers in 2010 and Chris Davis socked 53 last season, the only two players to hit 50+ home runs in the last six seasons. Gomez knows that hard work is required to reach this requirement, which is something that is familiar to the center fielder.
“It’s not all physical. It’s 50/50,” Gomez said. “The better you stay mentally and study, the more you’re going to be successful. …It’s not about a lot of work in the weight room. It’s just working on your swing. Trying to keep it quick. Hit the ball in the right place every time.”
Everyone will be surprised if Gomez reaches 50 home runs in 2014, but at least he’s setting his sights high. As a fan, I’ll just be happy if he duplicates last season.