Gomes ready for veteran role with A's

January 26, 2012, 11:10 pm
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Much like O.Co Coliseum is expected to be next year, Jonny Gomes' introductory conference call was sparsely populated.

Also parallel is the impact the lack of attention has on Gomes -- zero.

On the conference call, he answered each of the five questions thoughtfully and thoroughly.

As it pertains to his on-field performance, "I'm not rebuilding," Gomes told the four media members who dialed in Thursday afternoon. "My role is how it is every single year, when my number's called I want to be ready."

Gomes, 31, says his main goal is to stay healthy for all 162 games so he can be ready every time he's called upon. He says he is comfortable playing left field, right field, and designated hitter, which some players prefer not to do.

With nine years of MLB service, Gomes joins the young Athletics team as a veteran in the clubhouse. When asked how he felt about being the vet, he laughed, asking what career stats are required to be considered a veteran. Then he reflected that some of the questions he asked veterans when he came into the league are now being asked of him. He said he's happy to pass on the answers, or at least some direction, and cited his time playing for Lou Piniella, Joe Maddon, Dusty Baker and Davey Johnson as reasons why that veteran tag is legitimate.

"I'm well traveled and have been under some great managers," he said.

The call didn't last more than 15 minutes, but it was clear at its conclusion that the A's added a positive individual to their 2012 roster.

Nate Stuhlbarg is a web producer withCSNBayArea.com. Follow him on Twitter @StuhlbargCSN.