Found February 18, 2013 on
Fox Sports Wisconsin:
Milwaukee Brewers centerfielder Carlos Gomez will not play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, according to MLB.com.
The 27-year-old reportedly told the Brewers of his decision Monday, choosing to stay in Milwaukees camp to focus on the upcoming season, the final one on his current contract.Gomez, who has a close relationship with Dominican Republic manager Tony Pena and general manager Moises Alou, was slated to start in centerfield for his home country.
At Brewers On Deck in Milwaukee in late January, Gomez said he had been in constant contact with Alou about playing for the Dominican Republic.
"It means a lot for everybody," Gomez said at Brewers On Deck. "If you represent your country, they are proud. It means a lot for me and my family. It also means a lot to all the kids and people from where you come from; they are proud of you. You are their hero."
In the end, preparing for his contract year won out. Looking to build on a year in which he hit a career-best .260 with a career-high 19 home runs and 51 RBI to go along with a career-high 37 stolen bases, Gomez is placing a lot of importance on his follow-up act.
Gomez is the second member of the Brewers organization to drop out of the World Baseball Classic in the past two days.
Pitching prospect Nick Bucci dropped off Canadas roster Sunday due to a lingering shoulder issue. After missing significant time with a shoulder injury in 2012, Bucci has been shut down from throwing for the time being.
Without Gomez and Bucci participating, Milwaukee is down to 13 players participating in the World Baseball Classic.
Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
(Hunter Morris; Jordan Megenhardt/MLB.com)
In January I posted about Corey Hart’s injury and what it meant for the Brewers. I wrote a lot about how Mat Gamel would once again take the role as the starting first-baseman with the absence of Hart. Even though I really wasn’t a huge fan of Gamel because he really didn’t prove much with his short stints in Milwaukee, I was still...
On Saturday, I reported here that Brewers second-string first baseman
Mat Gamel, expected to be pressed into service until Corey Hart can return from
knee surgery, left the field during team workouts in Phoenix.
ESPN.com, citing an MLB.com report, has just released word that Gamel
will miss the entire 2013 season after an MRI revealed damage to the same knee
he hurt last...
At some point, you have to start wondering what Mat Gamel did to tick off the baseball gods.
The Brewers first baseman will miss the entire 2013 season after re-tearing his right ACL during the team's first full-squad workout this past Saturday. Gamel was pulled from that workout after "tweaking" his knee once while stretching to make a play at first, and again...
T-Plush is spreading T…
Check out this picture taken yesterday in Japan — Nyjer Morgan signed a one-year contract with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan’s Central League — Now Nyjer Morgan AKA Tony Plush has gone global! The kids of Japan love them some T Plush! Who needs MLB when you’re an international superstar.-TO
Nyjer Morgan’s Alter Ego For Passover
Last May, just a handful of games into the 2012 season, Brewers infielder Mat Gamel tore the ACL in his right knee, an injury that would put him out of action for the rest of the year. Now, less than a week into spring training, Gamel has once again torn those same ligaments and will miss the entire 2013 season.
It’s a desperately tough break for Gamel who, at 27, is still looking...
By JOHN PESETSKI
Special to FOXSportsWisconsin.com
PHOENIX For the second season in a row, Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel has suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee. Gamel, who was not available for comment, left practice early on Friday after feeling some aggravation in the repaired joint while fielding and hitting. An MRI on Sunday revealed the tear.
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has said that he is on the verge of trading first baseman Mike Carp, whom the team designated for assignment last week.
But the Milwaukee Brewers, a team with a glaring need at first base, are not in the mix for Carp, major-league source say.
The Brewers lost Mat Gamel to a season-ending ACL injury on Monday. They also will...
By Andrei GreskaFOXSportsWisconsin.com
The opening month of the season has not been too kind to Aramis Ramirez, who is a career .263 hitter in March and April, a full 22 points below his career .285 average. Last year was no different with the third baseman hitting a meager .214 during that stretch, his first in Milwaukee.
Ramirez is out to change that this year.
By John PesetskiSpecial to FOXSportsWisconsin.com
PHOENIX -- Mike Fiers was one of the great surprises of the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers season.
Promoted from Triple-A Nashville in late May to make a spot start after pitchers Chris Narveson and Marco Estrada went down with injuries, Fiers stuck with the team and became one of the Brewers' most reliable starters over the summer.
By JOHN PESETSKISpecial to FOXSportsWisconsin.com
PHOENIX One of the more interesting questions facing Brewers manager Ron Roenicke this spring is who to bat in the leadoff position in 2013. In second baseman Rickie Weeks and right fielder Nori Aoki, the Brewers have two different, but effective possibilities to consider."Rick and Nori are the two options and there are pros...