MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Gomez's game-saving catch on Monday night was only the latest sign that the Brewers' Gold Glove drought may end this season.
No team has waited longer to celebrate a Rawlings Gold Glove than the Brewers, who have not seen a player honored since Robin Yount won at shortstop in 1982. Only four different Brewers have won the award in the Brewers' 44 seasons as a franchise: First baseman George Scott five times, first baseman Cecil Cooper twice, and outfielder Sixto Lezcano and shortstop Yount once apiece.
"Maybe this is the year," Gomez said.
Gomez considers himself the best defensive outfielder in the National League, and was not shy about saying so. Asked who else he admires, he cited the D-backs Gerardo Parra and the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen.
Gomez's defense has not actually improved, but his hitting has, dramatically. That makes him a much stronger candidate for the Gold Glove Award, which tends to go to the best fielder at his position who is also an above-average hitter.
The award is decided in a vote of Major League managers and coaches.
"If somebody else gets it," Gomez said, "get it because you deserve it."