The Diamondbacks announced a number of hirings, title changes, and promotions throughout their organization today, including the news that Jonny Gomes will be the new hitting coach for the team’s rookie ball affiliate in the Arizona League. The move would seem to indicate that the 37-year-old Gomes has decided to call it a career after 13 seasons in the big leagues.
Gomes played for seven MLB teams from 2003-15, with his first six seasons spent in Tampa Bay. His first extended taste of Major League action resulted in a third-place finish in AL Rookie Of The Year voting in 2005, after he hit .282/.372/.534 with 21 homers over 407 plate appearances. While Gomes was rarely an everyday player during his career, he found plenty of regular playing time as a noted masher of left-handed pitching, posting a lifetime slash line of .273/.376/.479 against southpaws.
Beyond just his performance on the field, Gomes was well-known for his fiery personality and reputation as a clubhouse leader. During his final four seasons, he was sought out as a mentor for young A’s and Royals teams making postseason runs, and Gomes was one of the originators of the beard craze that defined the World Series-winning 2013 Red Sox.
Several notable names were included in the Diamondbacks’ list of baseball operations moves, including the promotion of Burke Badenhop to special assistant to the general manager. Badenhop, an eight-year MLB veteran, worked as an analyst in the D’Backs front office in 2017. The recently-retired Daniel Bard is also joining the organization in the newly-created Player Mentor role.