Tigers bring back Alexis Gomez

gomez.jpgThe Tigers agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with Alexis Gomez, according to an industry source, bringing the 30-year-old outfielder back where he was a postseason hero. Gomez will join the Tigers in Spring Training and provide insurance at Triple-A Toledo as a left-handed bat. The Denver Post first reported the agreement.

Now 30 years old, Gomez last played in the big leagues in 2006 in Detroit, where he became part of the lore of the Tigers’ surprising World Series run. Playing in his first career postseason game, he had a two-run homer and four RBIs in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at Oakland. Gomez went 4-for-9 in three games of the four-game ALCS sweep, helping make up for the left-handed bat lost when injured Sean Casey missed the series.

The short-term glory didn’t translate into a Major League role. Gomez signed with Colorado that winter and spent the 2007 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs before joining the Marlins organization last year at Triple-A Albuquerque. He batted .234 with five doubles, four home runs and 12 RBIs in 23 games for the Isotopes, covering 73 at-bats.

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I was happy to see this article about Alexis Gomez. What an unsung hero he was that October evening. I also remember his interviews later that evening and in to the next day: Humble and soft spoken. He had a wonderful eye sparkling daze about him that reminded me of when children play for the love of the game.

I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t like Alexis Gomez. Nice to have him back in the organization.
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I’m interested in the Chad Cordero situation. If he can get his fastball back into the 90s, he should do just fine. You all would love him. If that doesn’t work out, we’ll probably see DD pull off a trade. Management obviously knows the current bullpen staff won’t cut it, even for one season. You can reload, as Hayden Fry used to call it, but you still have to compete some while doing so. I’d be surprised if we went into spring training with the current roster.
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–Rich

This is the first time in a week I have had time to check out the Tiger’s site. And to think last year (ok, well maybe the year before) I was on here 2 or 3 times each day. Hopefully, I can find more time this year to be on here and contribute to this board.

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Anyway…VERY happy to see Alexis coming back. I was very disapointed when we let him go the last time…he’s home now, where he should be…back to being ‘one of the boys’

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Hope everyone had a nice holiday season! Cheers!

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Ty Schwamberger
http://tyschwamberger.wordpress.com

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