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The Blue Jays get a Brazilian

May 17, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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Baseball player that is. What they do with their bikini line is their own business.

The Blue Jays just announced that they have demoted the struggling Adam Lind to triple-A Las Vegas and have called up Yan Gomes to take his place. The Jays say that, once Gomes plays in the game, he’ll be the first Brazilian player to ever play in the majors, which is really cool.

Lind has been stinkin’ up the joint, batting .186/.273/.314.  Gomes, 24, is on his second go-around at triple-A. He’s been tearing up the pea patch, batting .359/.391/.565.  He’s mostly a catcher but has played a little first and third base and will likely DH a bit.

  1. hiltonandastoria - May 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM


  2. atworkident - May 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Batting .59 isn’t a ringing endorsement.

    • aceshigh11 - May 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Maybe Craig meant that he’s batting 0.590…which would be a fairly earth-shattering development.

    • bsbiz - May 17, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Probably .359.

      • mrwrightsdad - May 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        “Gomes was hitting .359 with a .956 OPS, five home runs and 22 RBI in 33 games this season at the Triple-A level”

      • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        In 39 spring training at bats, Gomes was .399/.590/.923. His Triple A numbers were quite similar.

      • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        Edit function: In spring training Gomes was hitting .333. He clearly impressed team decision makers.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Oh, Craig…

    You’re just so…desperate for page-clicks.

    That’s why we love you, man.

    • ptfu - May 17, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Craig could have been worse. This would have been an entendre-riffic time to say “beaver wrestlers” instead of Blue Jays.

      Yeah, I went there :-)

  4. bsbiz - May 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Old School Entendre.

  5. Ben - May 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Totally irrelevant to the article, but man, I love the Jays’ new logo.

    • stex52 - May 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Thinking the same thing. That’s a sharp logo.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Any word on if Sepultura is going to be his intro music?

    • docktorellis - May 17, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Os Mutantes

  7. heyblueyoustink - May 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    If he brings in droves of Brazillian chicks into the stadium, I might be forced to question my current team alliegances.

    • Utley's Hair - May 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      No. Just add the Brazilian Beavers as your requisite designatedhitterball team.

  8. proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Gomes was a very exciting player in spring training. Long term, he is unlikely to be a catcher, because the Jays have a couple of better catching prospects in the minors. He might end up playing 4 games at third as well as alternating at First and DH with Encarnacion. They could have called up Cooper to play first base, but Gomes has more power than Cooper.

  9. Utley's Hair - May 17, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Images must be purged!!!!!!!!!! And a scant two threads above the brats thread!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. gustavov8 - May 17, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    That’s really cool. And i think there’s another brazilian in KC farm system.
    I guess if he was australian, he would be playin with the A’s! 😛

    Now i wanna see some north americans playing soccer in brazilian teams!

    PS: I’m Brazilian.

  11. proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Gomes was 2 for 3 in his major league debut against the Yankees. He went up hacking before striking out on his first at bat. He then had 2 singles, before being replaced in the field by Vizquel.

  12. gustavov8 - May 18, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    I watched the recap of his debut, and i thought he was a japanese descendant… most of baseball players here are.

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