Gomes, Jonny ゴームズ (ごーむず)
Born: 11/21/1980 (age 39)
Height: 186cm
Weight: 104kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: N/A
History: デビルレイズ-レイズ-レッズ-ナショナルズ-アスレチックス-レッドソックス-アスレチックス-ブレーブス-ロイヤルズ
Roster Changes: removed 04/21/2016

[5/26/2016] Former Rakuten Eagle Jonny Gomes not planning to retire

The MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo is reporting that Jonny Gomes is retiring.

Veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes has decided to retire, according to a source with knowledge of his thinking. Gomes recently returned to the United States after a brief stint with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.

MLB Daily Dish 5/25/2016

[UPDATE @ 4:06pm]

As mentioned by Ren below, Gomes is not planning to retire afterall.

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[5/13/2016] Part of why Jonny Gomes may have left Rakuten

Nikkan Sports picked up a FoxSports article quoting Jonny Gomes about his time with the Rakuten Eagles.

“I hated not being able to talk to all my teammates because of the language,” Gomes said. “I would just sit in front of my locker solo and sit in the dugout and couldn’t talk.

“The earthquake also was scary — if something happened, I couldn’t communicate. Everything else was awesome. Great team, city, food, all of the above.”

Source: Fox Sports 5/10/2016 via Nikkan Sports 5/13/2016


[5/6/2016] Rakuten Eagles to part ways with Jonny Gomes

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they received and accepted a request to be released from Jonny Gomes. The Eagles filed paperwork to place Gomes on waivers.

The following comment from Gomes was also posted:

To all Eagles’ fans

I wanted to express how lucky I felt for the chance to play in front of the best fans. The energy and passion I felt from everyone at the ballpark gave me strength and provided a positive playing environment. Even though my season ended quickly, I am very grateful. I hope our paths will cross again in the future. Thank you very much.

Source: Rakuten announcement

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[4/26/2016] Jonny Gomes temporarily returns to the US for personal matters

The Rakuten Eagles informed the media that Jonny Gomes left for the United States for personal matters. His family contacted the organization on April 21 about the possibility of him temporarily returning to the US. Gomes also asked for a temporary leave. The Eagles are not sure when he will be able to return.

Source: Sponichi 4/26/2016, Daily Sports 4/26/2016


[4/22/2016] Jonny Gomes taken off active roster for a tune-up

Jonny Gomes was taken off the active roster today because of his performance at the plate. Masataka Nashida told reporters he felt Gomes was pressing and that it was affecting his swing (he was trying to hit everything hard and was starting to rely only on his upper body).

Source: Sponichi 4/22/2016