May 10, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

SI Cover Boy Carlos Gomez Drops Appeal Of 3-Game Suspension


Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, who is on the cover of the May 19 edition of Sports Illustrated, reportedly dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension he received from the April 20 brawl with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Gomez will begin serving his suspension Wednesday, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, via Twitter:

Gomez left Tuesday night’s win over the Pirates at Miller Park with back spasms and was going to be unavailable for at least the next day or two, anyway, so dropping the suspension isn’t entirely an act of contrition on his part.

Gomez, moved into the leadoff spot this season, is putting up All-Star numbers again for the Brewers. In 39 games, Gomes is hitting .290/.369/.555 in 176 plate appearances, with 27 runs, 10 doubles, nine home runs, 21 RBI and seven stolen bases. His 16 walks lead the team (not a huge deal, considering the Brewers are 14th in the National League with 97 walks, one more than the San Diego Padres).

Gomez also is tied for fourth among NL position players with a 2.0 wins above replacement. He led NL position players in the advanced metric last season with 8.9.

According to MLBlogs.com’s “John & Cait … Plus Nine,” Gomez will also be on the cover of the latest edition of Sports Illustrated—one of two covers released this week. The other features NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant.

Here’s what the cover looks like:

 

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is featured on one of two regional covers of the May 19 edition of Sports Illustrated.

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is featured on one of two regional covers of the May 19 edition of Sports Illustrated.

According to the report, it’s the first time the Brewers have been on SI’s cover since Aug. 29, 2011, when Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Nyjer Morgan were on the magazine front.

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