Gomes on conference call: Silver Slugger Award ‘sums up a pretty eventful year’
Yan Gomes chatted with Cleveland reporters on a conference call this morning, a day after he was awarded the AL Silver Slugger at catcher.
Here’s a few things Yan had to say:
“(The award) sums up a pretty eventful year, from signing a contract (in April) to having a baby.
“I’m so thrilled for (Michael Brantley, who also won a Silver Slugger Award). He had an unreal year. To be recognized as an MVP Award candidate … He had an amazing year and I credit him a lot for the year I had. He set the tone in the lineup and helped me out a lot.
On what helped him at the plate in 2014: “A more consistent amount of at-bats and (Manager Terry Francona) telling me I just needed to focus on defense and the pitching staff — that helped me relax at the plate.
On Corey Kluber potentially winning the Cy Young: “I’ve been in touch with him this week and this offseason, just talking about how amazing his year was. If he doesn’t get the hardware — he needs to be still really thrilled with the kind of year he had. I might be biased, but it’s a hands-down thing (for him to win), the way he carried our pitching staff. Cy Young talk got a little louder and some guys might let the pressure hit him. Once the Cy Young talk started happening, he stepped up and did even better his last 3 outings.
On the team’s core: “The core group of guys we have have 2-3 years of experience with each other and we’re going to keep building on that.
On Terry Francona’s extension: “Tito’s extension shows the commitment he has to us. It’s exciting; he’s helped me a ton in the early part of my career, and I’m excited he’s sticking around.