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E:60: Jonny Gomes: Dead Man Walking
E:60: Jonny Gomes: Dead Man Walking
DATE: 2014/12/06::
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Jonny Gomes Highlights 2013 HD
Jonny Gomes Highlights 2013 HD
DATE: 2013/11/09::
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EXOS Player Profile: Jonny Gomes
EXOS Player Profile: Jonny Gomes
DATE: 2014/12/17::
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Shane Victorino & Jonny Gomes Interview Pt. 1 11/05/2013
Shane Victorino & Jonny Gomes Interview Pt. 1 11/05/2013
DATE: 2013/11/06::
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Three players ejected after benches clear
Three players ejected after benches clear
DATE: 2014/05/25::
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E:60 Jonny Gomes: The Man Who Wouldn
E:60 Jonny Gomes: The Man Who Wouldn't Die
DATE: 2014/12/06::
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Jonny Gomes grateful despite hardships
Jonny Gomes grateful despite hardships
DATE: 2014/06/30::
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ATL@LAD: Scully on how Gomes survived a wolf attack
ATL@LAD: Scully on how Gomes survived a wolf attack
DATE: 2015/05/26::
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Jonny Gomes 2012 Highlights
Jonny Gomes 2012 Highlights
DATE: 2013/07/01::
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Uncut: Jonny Gomes talks about time with Red Sox
Uncut: Jonny Gomes talks about time with Red Sox
DATE: 2014/07/31::
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E:60: How Jonny Gomes Dodged Death
E:60: How Jonny Gomes Dodged Death
DATE: 2013/09/07::
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Boston Ink with Jonny Gomes
Boston Ink with Jonny Gomes
DATE: 2014/04/24::
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Jonny Gomes 2013 Highlights
Jonny Gomes 2013 Highlights
DATE: 2013/12/19::
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Jonny Gomes gets soaked after walk off HR along with Jamie
Jonny Gomes gets soaked after walk off HR along with Jamie
DATE: 2013/07/03::
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Jonny Gomes explains robbing Dustin Pedroia, return to Fenway
Jonny Gomes explains robbing Dustin Pedroia, return to Fenway
DATE: 2015/06/16::
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World Series 2013 Game 4 Jonny Gomes Home Run - MLB International
World Series 2013 Game 4 Jonny Gomes Home Run - MLB International
DATE: 2013/10/28::
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Jonny Gomes: The Peter Gammons Interview
Jonny Gomes: The Peter Gammons Interview
DATE: 2013/04/02::
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Stephen Vogt Puts on an Officiating Clinic
Stephen Vogt Puts on an Officiating Clinic
DATE: 2014/08/08::
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Kevin Millar challenged to home run derby by Jonny Gomes
Kevin Millar challenged to home run derby by Jonny Gomes
DATE: 2013/06/28::
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Jonny Gomes and Jon Lester ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Jonny Gomes and Jon Lester ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
DATE: 2014/08/20::
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E:60 Extra: Cute Kid Gets "The Real" Jonny Gomes
E:60 Extra: Cute Kid Gets "The Real" Jonny Gomes' Autograph
DATE: 2013/09/10::
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Jonny Gomes Kicks Ass
Jonny Gomes Kicks Ass
DATE: 2010/08/03::
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Jonny Gomes strange plate ticks
Jonny Gomes strange plate ticks
DATE: 2011/04/25::
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Jonny Gomes on His Walk-Up Song and Baseball Memories
Jonny Gomes on His Walk-Up Song and Baseball Memories
DATE: 2013/07/30::
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Jonny Gomes & Shane Victorino Want To Give Boston Its Own World Series Ring
Jonny Gomes & Shane Victorino Want To Give Boston Its Own World Series Ring
DATE: 2013/11/06::
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Jonny Gomes Arrives at Braves Spring Training
Jonny Gomes Arrives at Braves Spring Training
DATE: 2015/02/25::
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Felger and Mazz - "Superhero Jonny Gomes"
Felger and Mazz - "Superhero Jonny Gomes"
DATE: 2014/06/02::
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Jonny Gomes signs autographs for The SI KING 9-6-13
Jonny Gomes signs autographs for The SI KING 9-6-13
DATE: 2013/09/07::
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Jonny Gomes: The Man Who Wouldn
Jonny Gomes: The Man Who Wouldn't Die
DATE: 2011/04/28::
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E:60 Extra: Jonny Gomes
E:60 Extra: Jonny Gomes' Joy Ride
DATE: 2013/09/10::
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OAK@BOS: Gomes opens scoring with grand slam
OAK@BOS: Gomes opens scoring with grand slam
DATE: 2014/05/05::
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E:60: Jonny Gomes
E:60: Jonny Gomes' Near-Death Experience
DATE: 2013/09/09::
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Jonny Gomes: World
Jonny Gomes: World's Greatest Interview
DATE: 2013/10/09::
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Jonny Gomes reports to Orlando for Braves ST
Jonny Gomes reports to Orlando for Braves ST
DATE: 2015/02/25::
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4/20/14: Gomes sparks comeback, Sox walk off on error
4/20/14: Gomes sparks comeback, Sox walk off on error
DATE: 2014/04/22::
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Jonny Gomes on Braves
Jonny Gomes on Braves' 2-1 win over Phillies
DATE: 2015/07/04::
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4/19/15: Gomes
4/19/15: Gomes' four RBIs power Braves past Blue Jays
DATE: 2015/04/19::
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Minor League Stories: Jonny Gomes
Minor League Stories: Jonny Gomes
DATE: 2012/10/07::
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Jonny Gomes looking forward to a clean start in 2014
Jonny Gomes looking forward to a clean start in 2014
DATE: 2014/01/23::
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Boston RedSox jonny gomes grand slam
Boston RedSox jonny gomes grand slam
DATE: 2013/05/08::
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Fredi Gonzalez says Jonny Gomes, A J Pierzynski love Boston
Fredi Gonzalez says Jonny Gomes, A J Pierzynski love Boston
DATE: 2015/06/16::
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Goal and Jonny Gomes celebration
Goal and Jonny Gomes celebration
DATE: 2014/01/04::
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Jonny Gomes & Brady Wein
Jonny Gomes & Brady Wein
DATE: 2014/10/02::
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Johnny Boy Gomes Interviewed!
Johnny Boy Gomes Interviewed!
DATE: 2012/05/25::
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Vin Scully Announcing Johnny Gomes at bat
Vin Scully Announcing Johnny Gomes at bat
DATE: 2015/05/27::
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7/3/13: Red Sox walk off on Gomes
7/3/13: Red Sox walk off on Gomes' clutch homer
DATE: 2013/07/05::
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Jonny Gomes 2013 World Series Game 4 Homerun!
Jonny Gomes 2013 World Series Game 4 Homerun!
DATE: 2013/10/27::
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Jonny Gomes hitting mechanics
Jonny Gomes hitting mechanics
DATE: 2009/08/09::
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Gomes DESTROYS a monster shot over the Monster
Gomes DESTROYS a monster shot over the Monster
DATE: 2013/07/23::
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Johnny Gomes Slow Motion Swing
Johnny Gomes Slow Motion Swing
DATE: 2010/06/22::
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Jonny Gomes
Jonny Gomes on April 3, 2014.jpg
Gomes with the Red Sox in 2014
Atlanta Braves – No. 7
Left fielder / Right fielder
Born: (1980-11-22) November 22, 1980 (age 34)
Petaluma, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 2003 for the Tampa Bay Rays
Career statistics
(through July 3, 2015)
Batting average .242
Hits 813
Home runs 159
Runs batted in 512
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jonathan Johnson Gomes (born November 22, 1980) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, and Boston Red Sox.

Early years[edit]

Gomes was born and raised in Petaluma, California.[1] He was an all-league player while attending Casa Grande High School in Petaluma. In May 1997, at the age of 16, he was a passenger in a car accident that killed his best friend, Adam Westcott. Gomes, who was sitting next to Westcott in the back seat, was only slightly injured.[2][3] Gomes has Westcott's initials tattooed on his right biceps.[4][5]

After graduating from high school in 1999, he went to Santa Rosa Junior College before being selected in the 18th round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[6] While he was in the rookie leagues, he was certified to become a personal trainer. His older brother, Joey Gomes, played in the minor and independent baseball leagues from 2002 to 2011.[7]

Gomes suffered a heart attack on Christmas Eve 2002, the result of a clogged artery, despite being in playing condition (he reported having 8% body fat at the time). He ignored the symptoms for 27 hours, even sleeping through it one night, before going to the hospital after briefly blacking out and ceasing to breathe. His doctors said he would not have survived a second night. As a result of the heart attack, the Rays' team doctor had to keep nitroglycerin pills on hand in case Gomes suffered a second heart attack.[8]

MLB career[edit]

Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays[edit]

Gomes made his major league debut on September 12, 2003. He spent 2004 going back and forth between the Triple-A Durham Bulls and Tampa Bay.[6] He told an MLB.com interviewer that when he was relegated back to Durham after a brief early stint in Tampa Bay in May 2005, he resolved that he would put up such an offensive onslaught that the Major League team would "get sick of looking at his face on the Tropicana Field scoreboard when the top Minor League performers were shown." He would have a .321 batting average with 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 45 games with the Bulls before returning to the Devil Rays for good in July.[9]

After his return to Tampa Bay, Gomes became a starter for the club and became one of the club's most important players. On July 30, he became the first player in the franchise's history to hit three home runs in a single game, against the Kansas City Royals. For the year, Gomes hit 21 home runs in only 101 games and 348 at-bats.[6] Projected over a full season, Gomes could have hit over 35 home runs. He became a fan favorite, and was known for his all-out hustle and long home runs; one went 474 feet and went over the Batter's Eye Restaurant behind the center field wall at Tropicana Field. He finished 3rd in voting for the 2005 American League Rookie of the Year award.[6]

Gomes was figured to play a prominent role in the continued rebuilding and long range plans of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He started 2006 off by hitting a team-record 11 home runs in April. He hit the catwalk rings of Tropicana Field twice during a series with the Toronto Blue Jays in May; one landed in the B ring and rolled off to be caught, while the other hit the C ring and was ruled a home run.[10] He struggled after his hot start, hitting nine home runs during the rest of the season and finishing with a .216 batting average. He attributed most of his problems to an injured shoulder, which hindered his hitting and his usually aggressive baserunning. He played through the injury until electing to have surgery on it in September. In addition to rehabilitating his shoulder, Gomes said in an MLB.com article that he wanted to lose weight over the offseason. He was listed at 205 pounds, but played the 2006 season weighing 250. He also mentioned possibly playing first base in 2007 for the Devil Rays, who then had Carl Crawford, Rocco Baldelli, and Delmon Young in their outfield.[11]

On Mother's Day, May 14, 2006, Gomes was one of more than 50 batters, including 6 other Devil Rays, who brandished a pink bat to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.[12]

During the first two months of 2007, Gomes was not given much playing time and his batting average was down to .184 when he was sent down to Durham again on May 25. He was recalled on June 14, and had an immediate impact as he saw increased playing time, though by the end of the season he again had tapered off. He went on to finish the season with a .244 batting average with 17 home runs and 49 RBI while drawing 39 walks in 348 at-bats. He also compiled 126 strikeouts, a career high and his third straight season in which he had 100 or more strikeouts while playing in less than 120 games.[6]

Gomes currently holds the Tampa Bay Rays club record for most hit by pitches, a total of 28. He achieved the team record when he was hit in the leg by Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox for his 26th on July 5, 2007.

During spring training in 2008, on March 12, Gomes rushed to the defense of Akinori Iwamura when the latter was spiked by Shelley Duncan of the New York Yankees. Gomes immediately rushed in from right field, flinging himself into Duncan as he was beginning to stand up. This emptied both teams' benches, as players and coaches ran onto the field. Gomes and Duncan were both ejected, as were two Yankees coaches. Due to his actions, he was suspended for two games, effective at the start of the season.[13] Gomes commented that his actions were simply coming to the defense of his teammate, saying "I was taught in T-ball all the way up, to always protect a teammate's back. I just acted how I act. I wasn't really trying to get a shot in on him. I probably could have done a lot of things worse. But it is a baseball field and there's fans and kids watching. I just had to let him know that's not going to fly."[14]

In the third game of a series against the Boston Red Sox on June 5, 2008, Gomes was involved in a bench clearing brawl after Coco Crisp charged the mound as a result of, among other events, being hit by a pitch. Replays of the incident show Gomes throwing punches at Crisp as he was already being shoved to the ground by several other Rays players.[15] He was suspended for five games due to his role in the brawl. On August 6, Gomes was optioned to the Durham Bulls of the International League to create roster space for Ben Zobrist, and he was recalled after rosters expanded in September. Gomes was the only Rays batter to hit a homer while serving as a pinch hitter in 2008.[16]

Gomes was non-tendered by the Rays following the 2008 season, making him a free agent.[17]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

Gomes during his tenure with the Cincinnati Reds in 2010

On January 19, 2009, Gomes signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. Despite a strong spring he was cut by the Reds on April 5.[18] He was sent down to their AAA team in Louisville. He was called up by the Reds on May 21.[19] He had his second three-homer performance on August 13, 2009 against the Washington Nationals. He was non-tendered a contract and became a free agent on December 12.

On February 22, 2010, Gomes agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Reds.[20]

On August 25, 2010, Gomes hit his 100th home run against the San Francisco Giants in what turned out to be a four home run inning by the Reds. The Reds exercised the 2011 option on Gomes' contract on November 3, 2010.[21]

Washington Nationals[edit]

Gomes was traded to the Washington Nationals for outfielder Bill Rhinehart and pitcher Chris Manno on July 26, 2011. He had a .204 batting average with 8 home runs and 12 RBI in 43 Games.[22]

Gomes playing for the A's in 2012

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On January 20, 2012 Gomes signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Athletics.[23] Gomes had a good season with the team, hitting .262/.377/.491 with 18 HR and 47 RBI in 99 games split mostly between designated hitter and left field. Gomes won the 2012 Catfish Hunter Award. The Athletics strongly considered re-signing Gomes for 2013, but their offer turned out to be about half of what the Red Sox would eventually offer.

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On November 21, 2012, Gomes agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Boston Red Sox.[24] While in Boston, Gomes received the nickname "The Grinder", which was appointed to him by his teammates after watching his style of play.

In his first year in Boston, Gomes batted .247 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI while accounting for 49 runs himself. During the ALDS and ALCS, the Red Sox were 6-0 when Gomes started in left field (hit .200 with 2 RBI and 6 runs scored during this stretch).
In Game 4 of the World Series, Gomes broke an 0 for 9 slide by hitting a 387-foot, 3-run home run to help the Red Sox take the lead. He was not in the original lineup for that game but was added during batting practice after Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was scratched due to back pain. The Red Sox ended up winning the World Series that year.[25]

Return to Oakland Athletics[edit]

On July 31, 2014, Gomes, along with pitcher Jon Lester, was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive balance draft pick in 2015. Gomes spoke highly of his time in Boston, stating "It was the best year and a half that anyone could imagine. Going from worst to first. It was humbling."[26]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Gomes signed with the Atlanta Braves agreed to a one-year contract worth $5 million for the 2015 season.[27][28]

Charity work[edit]

Gomes has been known for his charity work in the Tampa Bay area, working with the Boys and Girls Clubs and many local schools. He participated in the Tampa Bay Rays "Shop with a Jock" where children from the Boys and Girls Clubs are invited to have lunch with the players and were each treated to a $100 shopping spree. He also participated in the "Take Jonny to School" program; the winner, 13-year-old Shamika Smith, brought him to A.J. Ferell Middle Magnet School. He has also sponsored a total of nine Little League Teams in his home town of Petaluma, California during his years in professional baseball. These teams range from T-ball to 12-year-olds. He is involved with Camp for a Cure, an annual charity baseball camp in Petaluma that has raised over $25,000 to date for cancer and lupus research. While in Arizona for spring training with the Reds, Gomes visited a local middle school classroom for the Extra Innings Foundation (extrainningsfoundation.org) where he shared his journey on how he has reached his goal and inspired youth to go after their dreams.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Distinguished Mexican Americans & Canadians of Mexican Descent". Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  2. ^ Fightmaster, Theo (September 20, 2010). "An emotional meeting". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Benjamin, Amalie (March 31, 2013). "Jonny Gomes is a survivor who makes good". Boston Globe. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gomes Focuses on OF Job Cincinnati.com, February 25, 2009
  5. ^ Schultz, Jordan (March 25, 2014). "Red Sox Outfielder Jonny Gomes On Giving Back: 'Tomorrow Is Not Guaranteed'". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Career statistics, daily batting logs, and top single game performances at Baseball-Reference.com and Retrosheet.org
  7. ^ Joey Gomes at Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  8. ^ "It gives Gomes scare, but heart not an issue". Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  9. ^ Gomes large and in charge: Slugger lives life to the fullest after overcoming adversity, MLB.com, May 3, 2006
  10. ^ This is per the ground rules at Tropicana Field.
  11. ^ Bill Chastain (October 18, 2006). "Gomes' shoulder improving with rehab". MLB.com. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  12. ^ Marc, Topkin (14 May 2006). "Rays sluggers not afraid to think pink". St. Petersburg Times. 
  13. ^ Chastain, Bill. Gomes suspended, fined, Tampa Bay Rays. Published March 14, 2008.
  14. ^ Hoch, Bryan. Tempers flare in Yanks-Rays matchup, Tampa Bay Rays. Published March 12, 2008.
  15. ^ Aaron Knox (June 5, 2008). "We Have A Rivalry". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  16. ^ Bill, Chuck. "100 random things about the Red Sox, Rays, and Yankees". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 13 August 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Rays non-tender Jonny Gomes". MLB.com. December 12, 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  18. ^ John Fay (April 5, 2009). "Gomes cut, not sure if he'll go to Triple A". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  19. ^ Tom Groeschen (May 22, 2009). "Gomes up, McDonald out". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  20. ^ John Fay (February 22, 2010). "Gomes Will Be Here". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Reds exercise options on Arroyo, Gomes | reds.com: News". Cincinnati.reds.mlb.com. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  22. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Nationals Acquire Jonny Gomes". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  23. ^ Rosecrans, C. Trent (January 20, 2012). "A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes". CBSSports.com. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  24. ^ Slusser, Susan (November 21, 2012). "Red Sox sign Jonny Gomes to $10 million deal – updated". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  25. ^ Jonny Gomes's homer the hit Red Sox needed - Sports - The Boston Globe
  26. ^ Axisa, Mike (July 31, 2014). "Red Sox trade Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes to A's for Yoenis Cespedes". cbssports.com. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  27. ^ Bowman, Mark (January 22, 2015). "Gomes, Braves agree on one-year contract". Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  28. ^ Bowman, Mark (January 30, 2015). "Braves finalize one-year deal with Gomes". MLB.com. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  29. ^ Bill, Chastain (November 2, 2007). "Gomes stars on and off the field". MLB.com. 

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