From the playing field to the coaching ranks, Jonny Gomes continues to be part of the game he loves.
When the Red Sox acquired Jonny Gomes prior to the 2013 season, they knew they were getting a high-energy, well traveled, productive player, yet little did they know just the impact he would have on the team.
Beyond just his performance on the field, Gomes was well-known for his fiery personality and reputation as a clubhouse leader. During his final four seasons, he was sought out as a mentor for young A’s and Royals teams making postseason runs, and Gomes was one of the first to grow out his beard during the beard craze that defined the World Series-winning 2013 Red Sox.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji4_qaVl6AI&w=560&h=315]
After leaving the Red Sox via trade in 2014, Gomes would go onto to once again be part of a World Championship team with the Royals in 2015.
Gomes who last played with the Royals in 2015, and spent some time in Japan in 2016, is joining the Arizona Diamondbacks and will be the new hitting coach for the team’s rookie ball affiliate. The move would seem to indicate that the 37-year-old Gomes has decided to call it a career after 13 seasons in the big leagues.
Young Diamondbacks will get to learn from one of the most charismatic members of any baseball team. Thankfully, he doesn’t have to teach them to play defense – though unassisted double plays from the outfield are pretty awesome…
Red Sox fans will always remember Gomes for his enthusiasm, his reputation as a clubhouse leader, as well as his fun-loving personality. The 2013 World Series championship will forever link Gomes and the Boston Red Sox.