The Brazilian Bomber- Interview With Yan Gomes
On a day when Yan Gomes was recalled from Triple A to fill the roster spot voided by injured pitcher Brandon Morrow. Gomes provides John Farrell and company with position versatility capable of effectively playing 4 positions at the major league level. In 14 games Gomes has spent time behind the dish, left field, 1st base and 4 games at the hot corner.
Gomes is a native of Brazil and holds the distinguished honour of being the first Brazilian player to ever suit up for a major league team. Gomes was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil before moving to the United States with his family when he was 12 years of age. Gomes was drafted in the 10th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2009 amateur baseball draft.
Gomes is a professional hitter with some pop in his bat having blasted 3 home runs in his first 14 games at the major league level and figures to be in the Jays long term plans for some time to come. But for now the pride of Brazil is happy playing wherever the Jays can find a spot for him.
Yan Gomes Interview
1. What does it mean to you to be the first Brazilian baseball player to ever play in the Major Leagues?
Being the first Brazilian to represent my country is an absolute honor, and i have to thank god for that for giving me the opportunity to represent my country and hopefully open the doors for baseball in Brazil.
2. At what age did your family move from Brazil to the United States and what were the similarities and difference between baseball in Brazil and the United States?
My family and i moved to the US when i was 12, and baseball in Brazil was alot different, we didn't have all the equipment and there was no little leagues to play in it was just club teams and we traveled alot.
3. What player(s) did you idolize growing up and did you try to emulate anyone on the baseball field?
I looked up to Shannon Stewart because we went to the same high school so it gave me alot to relate to with him, but i didn't have a specific player i tried to play like i just watched alot of games and picked things up from everyone.
4. What has been your biggest baseball related accomplishment to date?
Definitely being the first Brazilian baseball player in the MLB takes it right now, but winning the Eastern League last year was an awesome feeling for us.
5. You just recently hit your first 2 major league home runs, what did it feel like to get that first MLB homer and what do you recall from the at bat?
It was kind of a blackout feeling it didn't sink in that i had just hit a homer until i went into the dugout and shook everyone's hand. definitely an awesome feeling.
6. You were surprisingly sent back to Triple A after a very successful call-up and debut with the Jays. Who informed you about the demotion and what was said during the conversation?
Our manager John Farrell told me and we needed bullpen after having to use alot of arms during the series against Texas, so they needed to bring some arms up.
7. You can play 3 positions in catcher, third and first base and there have been rumblings about even outfield. If you had a choice where would you prefer to play with the Toronto Blue Jays?
Its tough to say, i came up only playing catcher and then started moving around. i honestly wouldn't mind play any of those positions i feel very comfortable at all of them, so it really comes to whatever position I'm needed.
8. What is the one facet of your game you think you need to improve to be more successful at the Major League level?
Slowing the game down and learn how to take that step back and relax, its definitely been something I've worked on and its definitely helped.
9. Who has been the most influential person in helping you develop as a player since joining the Jays organization?
Alot of players and coaches have helped me throughout the way and i thank them for everything every-time i get the chance.
10. Your future father in-law is former major league pitcher Atlee Hammaker. Have you ever faced him and is there a son-in-law etiquette that you have to let him strike you out?
I have not faced him, but if i'd ever got the chance i would definitely not let him strike me out.
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-Clayton Richer is a baseball writer for Baseball Hot Corner, his interviews and blogs can be found daily at www.baseballhotcorner.com as well you can also follow him on twitter @MLBHotCorner