BREWERS ROUNDUP: Gomez wins Gold Glove, first Brewer in 31 years to do so
Carlos Gomez has become the first Milwaukee Brewer in 31 years to win a Gold Glove Award. The awards were presented last night to the top fielders at each position in both the National and American leagues. Gomez beat out two other N-L finalists in center -- Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh and Denard Span of Washington. Reached in his native Dominican Republic, Gomez told the Journal Sentinel the award was a "dream come true." He said he worked his entire career to be among the best in the outfield. Gomez led all Major League center-fielders with 38 runs saved this year, with a career-high 12 assists. He pulled five potential home runs back into the park, one in a walk-off fashion that saved a Brewers' victory. Gomez missed nine games with injuries caused by his aggressive defense. He told the Journal Sentinel he had an arthroscopic procedure this month to remove loose material from his right elbow. He said he's now doing his rehab and will be back to 100-percent in a couple weeks. Former Brewers' shortstop J-J Hardy of Baltimore won his second Gold Glove last night. Former Wisconsin Timber Rattler Adam Jones of the Orioles received his third career gold glove as the top American League center-fielder.
Norichika Aoki will stay with the Brewers for at least one more year. The team has exercised a 2014 option to keep the former Japanese batting champion. Aoki was Milwaukee's lead-off hitter for most of this past season, batting .286 with eight homers and 37 R-B-I's. He had 171 total hits, the 10th highest in the National League. Aoki was also one of the toughest to strike out, as he fanned once in every 16-point-nine plate appearances. The 31-year-old Aoki has played two seasons in Milwaukee. He reached several financial incentives during that time, and will make one-point-nine million dollars next year.