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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez has been fantastic this year, and he's been a key piece in Milwaukee's offense. However, he doesn't just deserve to be talked about.
Gomez deserves to have people gushing over his mind-blowing performance. The outfielder leads the MLB with a 4.0 WAR, which is fantastic. Gomez has made amazing plays on defense, and his bat has done some talking as well.
The speedy outfielder has 11 home runs, and his slugging percentage is an eye-popping .573. Gomez's Milwaukee Brewers are 26-37, but Gomez hasn't been brought down by his team's lackluster play.
Even though Gomez has put up MVP-caliber numbers, he hasn't been recognized. In addition, he's been receiving a ridiculously low amount of votes.
Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton signed a hefty $75.25 million contract this offseason, but he hasn't lived up to his contract. Upton has a horrendous .158 batting average and an equally bad .277 slugging percentage, but according to MLB.com, he is 13th in All-Star voting among all NL outfielders.
Somehow, Gomez is just 12th.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco is tied for 51st in the NL in WAR, and his .351 slugging percentage isn't anything to marvel at. Blanco is fast, but he has only stolen six bases. Gomez has stolen twice as many, and he's outperformed Blanco in every statistical category.
But there's one category he doesn't lead Blanco in. Blanco is 11th in All-Star voting, and Gomez is 12th.
Gomez resides on a mediocre team, but he has done a great job. NL manager Bruce Bochy watched Gomez hit .700 and slug 1.200 off of his Giants in a three-game series in April, and he and the players know what Gomez has done.
While Gomez isn't getting the media attention he deserves, if he doesn't make the team, it would be a crime. Gomez is a great all-around player and an MVP candidate, and it's amazing that people haven't taken notice.