LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Dodgers occupied a position that has been vacant since 2018 on Tuesday when they promoted Brandon Gomes to General Manager.
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Gomes joined the team’s front office in 2017 after a brief professional career spent between the Major Leagues and the minors.
He will be the first person to fill the role since Farhan Zaidi’s departure, who left the organization to join the San Francisco Giants as president of Baseball Operations in 2018. Zaidi served as GM for the Dodgers since 2014.
Gomes told Spectrum SportsNet LA on Tuesday that he was “Really grateful and grateful for the opportunity.”
Gomes was initially hired in the player development department as a pitching coordinator. Just a year later, he was promoted to director of player development, and again in 2019, when he was appointed vice president and assistant general manager.
Now, just 37 years old, Gomes becomes one of the youngest general managers in the league and joins just three others (San Francisco Giants’ Scott Harris (34); Chicago Cubs’ Carter Hawkins, 37; Tampa Bay Rays’ Peter Bendix, 37), Tampa Bay Rays), who hold the position below 40.
“It’s progressed fast … I do not think I could have foreseen this path, but to take it day by day and try as best I can on every occasion was really the goal from the start,” he remarked.
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His rapid rise through the Dodgers organization led him to consider several front office positions, according to Los Angeles Times. One of those positions was the same position for the New York Mets.
Gomes’ first employment with the Dodgers came into the hands of the current president of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman. The two had a previous connection during Gomes’ playing time when the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, where Friedman was general manager at the time, bought Gomes in a deal.
He credits his propensity for front office operations to his curiosity about various moves made throughout his career, including being sent down to the minor leagues 12 times during his time with Tampa Bay.
Originally from Massachusetts, Gomes was drafted in the seventeenth round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. He played his college baseball at Tulane University, where he spent four years.
Before he could make his MLB debut, he was traded to the Rays in 2010. He made his debut a year later on May 3, 2011. He would stay with the Rays’ organization until 2015, when he signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs, and he was released in 2016.
Gomes spent his professional career as an emergency pitcher, and over 173 career fights he had an ERA of 4.20 with 144 strikeouts. He earned a save in his MLB career.
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The Dodgers also announced a number of other front office moves, including:
- Damon Jones, promoted to Vice President, Assistant General Manager and Baseball Legal Advisor,
- Alex Slater, promoted to Vice President and Deputy Director – General,
- Brandon McDaniel, promoted to vice president of player performance,
- Thomas Albert, promoted to Athletic Head Coach,
- Rob Hill, promoted to director of Minor League Pitching.