For a city whose name in Potawatomi, and Oijbwe Indian is “Gathering Place [by the water]” which refers to the area that lies between the Milwaukee, Menominee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers. It’s hard to believe a drought was even evident, that’s because this drought wasn’t about water, it was about Gold Glove Awards.
It’s been a long time…31 years to be exact, but the Rawlings Gold Glove Award has found its way back to the Brew City, and ended MLB’s longest futility by a team. Milwaukee Brewer Centerfielder Carlos Gomez won his 1st, and the team’s 10th Golden Glove Tuesday night (10-29-13).
Gomez “saber-metrically” saved 38 runs with his glove. Complied 391 put-outs in 145 games, and 1,217 & two-thirds innings, while rocking a .998 fielding percentage. His glove also landed him on this years All-Star Team by way of the manager’s pick.
The last Brewer Outfielder to win the Award was in 1979 when Sixto Lezcano won it, and Carlos wasn’t even born yet (12-5-85). The last time the Brewers had a Gold Glove Winner at any position was Robin Yount in 1982, the same year the Crew went to the World Series, and Yount, himself won the American League MVP.
The Brewers 9 previous Gold Glove Winners:
1972 – 1976 George Scott 1B
1979 Cecil Cooper 1B, Sixto Lezcano OF
1980 Cecil Cooper 1B
1982 Robin Yount SS
The “Dominican Duke” is signed until 2016, and we can only hope he can pull a “George Scott” and string a few more together!
Congratulations Carlos…you may be number 27 in the program, but you’re number ONE in Brewer fans hearts!