Gomes honored with 'Catfish' Hunter Award

Gomes honored with 'Catfish' Hunter Award

OAKLAND -- Even before the end of season, A's outfielder Jonny Gomes will have to clear up some more shelf space for clubhouse awards.

Gomes received the 2012 Jim "Catfish" Hunter Award on Tuesday, an honor for the Oakland player whose play on the field and conduct in the clubhouse best exemplifies the similar courage, competitiveness and inspirational spirit as the late Hall of Fame pitcher.

After signing with the A's as a free agent in the offseason, the Petaluma, Calif., native has provided a season-long spark for an A's club that he followed closely while growing up.

Gomes was named the winner of the Dave Stewart Community Service Award on Friday for his charitable contributions throughout Northern California and across the country.

"He's been terrific," manager Bob Melvin said of the 31-year-old veteran. "He's such a great resource, not only for the players, but for myself and the coaching staff. These awards don't surprise anybody here. He is the guy for this, the obvious choice for a lot of these awards, and we're proud he is that guy."