There are three ways a big leaguer can go once they hit their 30s:
- Retire early
- Finish out their career for better or for worse
- And the age-old hybrid–play in Japan.
It appears that our old friend Jonny Gomes is option for door number three as he is hanging up his spikes in the MLB at 35 years young, and heading on out.
“It’s time to go blaze new trails,” Gomes said. “It’s going to be great.”
Which really is code for “I can’t cut it here and I don’t want to go to AAA.”
Gomes play 95 games in 2015 batting .213 and hasn’t fared much better since 2013. That year Gomes propelled the Sox to the World Series with his penchant for key pinch hit home runs as he batted .247 over 116 games. While he won his ring, and the hearts of the Fenway faithful, sadly Gomes couldn’t repeat the season performance and was traded to Oakland in 2014, and now is opting out.
It sucks, it really does, so let’s remember him at his best here: