25 Facts About Yan Gomes


Yan Gomes is a Brazilian-American professional baseball catcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

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Yan Gomes previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics.

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Yan Gomes made his MLB debut in 2012, becoming the first Brazilian-born player in major league history.

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Yan Gomes played for the Blue Jays in 2012 and the Indians from 2013 to 2018.

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Yan Gomes was traded to the Nationals ahead of the 2019 season and won the World Series with Washington over the Houston Astros.

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Yan Gomes's mother, Claudia, moved the family to the United States after getting a job in Florida, and his father, Decio, is a tennis instructor.

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Yan Gomes was introduced to baseball by a Cuban coach his father met in Sao Paulo.

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Yan Gomes married Jenna Hammaker, daughter of former pitcher and All-Star Atlee Hammaker, in 2012.

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Yan Gomes attended Miami Southridge High School in Miami, Florida, where he played for the school's baseball team.

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Yan Gomes enrolled at the University of Tennessee, where he played college baseball for the Tennessee Volunteers in the Southeastern Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I At Tennessee, he started at every infield position except shortstop.

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Yan Gomes was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 39th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, but he did not sign.

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Yan Gomes set school records with 92 runs batted in and 172 total bases.

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Yan Gomes was named to the All-South regional team, and he was honored as the All-South player of the year and an All-American.

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Yan Gomes made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Blue Jays of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2009.

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Yan Gomes was promoted to the Auburn Doubledays of the Class A-Short Season New York–Pennsylvania League that season.

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Yan Gomes' first hit as an Indian was a 2-run HR on April 13,2013 against the Chicago White Sox.

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On July 30,2013, Yan Gomes faced Andre Rienzo, the first Brazilian pitcher in MLB history.

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Yan Gomes had the lowest batting average against right-handers among all MLB hitters, at.

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Yan Gomes became the first Brazilian player to be featured in an All-Star Game in an American sports league.

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On November 30,2018, Yan Gomes was traded to the Washington Nationals for right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, minor league outfielder Daniel Johnson, and a player to be named later, later announced as Andruw Monasterio.

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On July 30,2021, Yan Gomes was traded to the Oakland Athletics along with Josh Harrison in exchange for Drew Millas, Richard Guasch, and Seth Shuman.

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On December 1,2021, Yan Gomes signed a two-year contract with a club option for 2024 with the Chicago Cubs.

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Yan Gomes helped the Brazilian national team qualify for its first ever berth in the World Baseball Classic by leading them out of the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifying round.

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Yan Gomes was the only Major Leaguer on Brazil's team for the qualifiers and helped his team advance despite the other teams in the pool at the time boasting several Major Leaguers.

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Yan Gomes opted not to participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic to focus on winning a spot on the Indians' Opening Day roster.

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