MLB.com caught up with Gomes earlier this week. Here are three highlights from that conversation on the hiring of Craig Counsell, the impact David Ross had on the catcher, and expectations for 2024.
MLB.com: How did your initial conversation with Counsell go after he was hired?
Gomes: “He's very to the point, very honest. And that's all you can ask from a manager. But it was just mainly kind of what you’d expect an introductory conversation to be. You know me -- I can be very honest. And that's kind of how I was with him. I was like, ‘Man, we are in shock right now. It's still kind of crazy to think about it. But at the same time, we did not like playing the Brewers, because of the way you guys played. You guys had a phenomenal way of attacking the game.’ And for me, it starts with guys at the top. And I'm excited to put on the uniform and get to play for him.”
MLB.com: What did you learn from your two years playing under Ross?
Gomes: “One of the biggest things for me, I was really wanting to learn what it was that made him so respectable in the league. I enjoyed it [when Ross was a catcher], because every time I came up to the plate, it was like the guy was your friend, even though he's trying to strike you out. So, I was kind of learning how he communicated with guys and how passionate he is, man. I feel like that was one of the things that we saw -- or at least I got to see -- was how passionate he is with the game. Very thoughtful. And I got to learn a little bit of how he interpreted things, how to run a team, and our bullpen, how to navigate that kind of stuff. It's a tough deal, man. And getting to talk to him, he was very open and willing to take feedback, which is something that at times can be very hard to do. And I learned a lot from that.”
MLB.com: After bringing Counsell in, what are your expectations for the rest of the offseason and next season?
Gomes: “Getting the biggest manager, or however you want to put it, it shows that the front office is gonna get behind us and do everything they can with the resources and everything to help us win. But at the same time, I feel like that was the culture that we were trying to create [last season] in the clubhouse from the beginning of spring and into the season. It's the winning culture that can last and keep going not for a year or two, but for years. And I feel like that's the trajectory we're going.”