Former major league relief pitcher and Old Dominion hall of fame inductee Wayne Gomes will be the 34th recipient of the Bud Metheny Award at a banquet on Jan. 21.
The annual award, named for the College Baseball Hall of Fame coach who won 423 games in 32 seasons with the Monarchs, is given in recognition of contributions to baseball in Hampton Roads.
MLB draft after compiling a 2.03 earned-run average with 55 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings as junior at ODU, where he had a 2.43 ERA, 16 saves and 156 strikeouts in 100 career innings.
Gomes pitched for the Phillies from 1997-2001, then for San Francisco in 2001 and Boston in 2002. He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in May of 2001.
Gomes is now a pitching coach for the Peninsula Pilots and owns the Virginia Baseball Academy, which conducts youth baseball camps. He is also the founder of the Wayne Gomes Youth Baseball Diversity Foundation, which works with the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program in Hampton.
Melinda Waldrop covers local colleges for The Daily Press. Her blog is at dailypress.com/oncampus