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Wayne Gomes Named Bud Metheny Recipient

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 09, 2011
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Jan. 9, 2011

NORFOLK, VA--Former major league relief pitcher and ODU Hall of Famer Wayne Gomes ('93) who has worked deligently in the Hampton Roads baseball community will be honored as the 34th annual recipient of the Bud Metheny Award at the GTI Systems, Inc. "Meet the Stars Banquet at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, Jan. 21st.

"I am honored to be was chosen for an award that bares the last name Metheny," said Gomes. The name alone is synonymous with ODU Baseball. Those before me that have received the award; Gary Wright, Sandra Pickens, Henry Morgan, Ed Fraim and many others, have all made significant contributions to the Hampton Roads community. To be put in that category is one of my greatest accomplishments."

The banquet serves as a highlight of the ODU Baseball Clinic weekend which features Baseball Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers and Andre Dawson as the keynote speakers and clinicians. Individual tickets for the banquet are $65. A special rate for groups or teams is available at $45.00 each (20+ tickets). Table packages which include amenities such as a VIP reception with the headliners, autographed baseballs and more will be available as well. Please contact Anthony Henderson with the Big Blue Club at 757-683-6964 for more information.

The 34th annual ODU Baseball Clinic will be Saturday, Jan. 22nd from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the ODU Student Recreation Center on campus. Tickets are $5 and available at the door the day of the clinic.

Since retiring from major league baseball, Gomes has created and owns the Virginia Baseball Academy in Hampton and also serves as pitching coach for the Peninsula Pilots, members of the Coastal Plains Summer Baseball League. A 1993 relief specialist, Gomes was at that time the highest Monarch player ever selected in the baseball draft. The Philadelphia Phillies selected the Hampton, Va. native as the fourth overall pick in the first round.

As a junior in 1993, Gomes earned first team honors from the Colonial Athletic Association and first team All-State honors. That year he compiled a 2.03 earned run average with four saves and 55 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. During his sophomore season, Gomes fanned 54 batters in just 35 innings of work. He recorded three saves and registered a 2.04 earned run average.

Gomes made his mark as a freshman in 1991 as he led the Sun Belt Conference in saves with nine and ranked among the nation's top 15 in that category. He was named first team freshman All-American by COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWS in 1991. That same season, Old Dominion ranked as high as 23rd nationally and reached the Sun Belt Conference Tournament finals.

Gomes completed his career at Old Dominion with a 5-3 record. He pitched 100 career innings with 156 career strikeouts and a 2.43 earned run average. Gomes saved 16 games which was a record at Old Dominion when he completed his career. Gomes pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997 to 2001. He pitched 13 games for the San Francisco Giants in 2001, and the Boston Red Sox in 2002. He spent the entire 2003 season with Scranton in the International League where he pitched in the IL All-Star game and led the league in saves and signed with Oakland during the 2003 off-season. Gomes graduated with a degree in recreation and leisure studies.

He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in May of 2001, and the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 6, 2010. Proceeds from the banquet and clinic support the baseball scholarship fund of the Big Blue Club. Individual tickets and table packages for the banquet will be available for purchase through the Big Blue Club by calling 683-6964.

PREVIOUS BUD METHENY WINNERS
1978 Dave Rosenfield General Manager, Norfolk Tides, Clinic Co-Founder
979 George Kotarides President, Milton's Pizza
1980 Ed Nagourney Rices Nachman Dept. Store
1981 Bud Metheny Former ODU Baseball Coach
1982 George McClelland Former Executive Sports Editor - The Virginian Pilot
1983 Charlie Sugg Real Estate Assessor, City of Norfolk
1984 Don Fett President, Waymar, Inc.
1985 Clyde McCullough Former Major League Scout
1986 Abe Goldblatt Sports Writer, The Virginia Pilot/Ledger Star
1987 Richard J. Davis President, Tidewater Professional Sports, Inc.
1988 Harry Postove Major League Scout
1989 Hank Foiles Foiles Insurance, Former Major League Scout
1990 Lewis D. Hirschler Hofheimer's Inc.
1991 Richard Alexander Umpire
1992 Bob Rathbun Former Sports Anchor, WTKR-TV, WTAR Radio
1993 Sandra Picken Founder of the Peninsula Muscular Dystrophy Benefit Baseball Tournament
1994 John T. Callahan Former President of Tidewater Baseball League
1995 Gary Wright Tidewater Summer League and AAU Baseball
1996 Paul Fraim Mayor of Norfolk
1997 Roy L. Burton, Jr. Founder of Willard-Lakewood Athletics Assoc. & Granby Booster Club
1998 Paul Vestal President Greenbrier Athletic Association
1999 Ken Young President, Norfolk Tides Baseball Team
2000 Lester Bangs Local Baseball Scout
2001 Warren Spivey President Spivey Rentals
2002 Bill Swann Former Head Baseball Coach - Va. Wesleyan and Asst. Coach at ODU
2003 Tim Miller Chairman ACS Systems & Engineering
2004 Luke Newman President of Greenwich Kitchens Center
2005 Pat Baker Local Dentist
2006 Tony Zontini Coach/Teacher
2007 Towny Townsend Coach/Teacher
2008 Henry Morgan Peninsula Businessman/Peninsula Pilots Owner
2009 Jake Hardison Challenger Little League Baseball
 2010  Ed Fraim                ODU Fundraiser  

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