Yan Gomes is a Brazilian-American professional baseball catcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. He was born on July 19, 1987. He played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals, and Oakland Athletics in the past.
Gomes was selected in the tenth round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Blue Jays. In 2012, he made his Major League Baseball debut, becoming the first Brazilian-born player in the league’s history. From 2012 to 2018, he was a member of the Blue Jays and the Indians. He was traded to the Washington Nationals before of the 2019 season and helped them win the World Series against the Houston Astros.
Gomes was born in the Brazilian town of Mogi das Cruzes. His mother, Claudia, relocated the family to Florida after landing a job, while his father, Décio, works as a tennis coach.
His father met a Cuban instructor in So Paulo who taught him to baseball. When Gomes was 12, his family emigrated to the United States.
In 2012, Gomes married Jenna Hammaker, the daughter of former All-Star pitcher Atlee Hammaker. They have three sons and a girl, born in 2014 and 2017, and 2021, respectively. They call Knoxville, Tennessee home.
Yan Gomes Siblings: Meet Yan Gomes Brother, Juan Gomes
Juan Gomes is the younger brother of Yan Gomes. Their parents Claudia and Décio gave birth to Juan Gomez on December 25, 1991. Juan Gomes is currently playing baseball with the Cleveland Indians.