Austin Romine

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Austin Romine
Austin Romine 2019.jpg
Romine with the New York Yankees
Detroit Tigers – No. 7
Born: (1988-11-22) November 22, 1988 (age 31)
Lake Forest, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 11, 2011, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.239
Home runs25
Runs batted in135

Austin Allen Romine (born November 22, 1988) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Yankees. He participated in the All-Star Futures Game in 2010, and made his MLB debut in 2011. He is the son of Kevin Romine and the brother of Andrew Romine.


Early career[edit]

Romine attended El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California, where he played on the school's baseball team with fellow future major leaguer Nolan Arenado.[1] He was drafted by the Yankees in the second round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.[2][3]

Going into the 2009 season, he was rated the Yankees' fourth-best prospect[4] and their second-best prospect for 2010, according to Baseball America.[5] In 2009, Romine was named the Florida State League Player of the Year.[6] In 2010, he participated in the All-Star Futures Game.[7][8]

After competing for the major league backup catcher job in spring training, Romine was assigned to the Double-A Trenton Thunder to begin the 2011 season.[9] The Yankees promoted Romine to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on September 1.[10]

New York Yankees[edit]

After injuries to two catchers, first to Russell Martin and then Francisco Cervelli, the Yankees promoted Romine to the major leagues on September 10.[11] In the seventh inning of the September 11 game against the Angels, Romine made his major league debut behind the plate.[12] On September 12, he got his first Major League hit off of Mariners reliever Dan Cortes.

Romine missed most of the 2012 season with two bulging discs in his back.[13] When Cervelli suffered a broken hand on April 26, 2013, the Yankees promoted him to the major leagues.[14] On August 4, Romine hit the first home run of his Major League career off of San Diego Padres pitcher Dale Thayer.[15] He suffered a concussion on September 10, when he was hit in the mask by a foul ball.[16] He batted .207 for the season.

Romine competed with Cervelli and John Ryan Murphy to be the backup catcher for the Yankees in 2014 spring training, Cervelli won the job, and Romine was optioned to the minor leagues.[17] Romine was called up several times during the 2014 season due to injuries to various players, but only appeared in seven games.

Romine was designated for assignment on April 4, 2015,[18] and was outrighted from the 40-man roster and assigned to Scranton/Wilkes Barre on April 8.[19] Romine batted .260 with seven home runs for the RailRiders in 2015.[20] The Yankees promoted Romine to the major leagues on September 1.[21] During spring training in 2016, Romine won the backup catcher competition over top catching prospect Gary Sánchez.[22] In 2016 as the Yankees' backup catcher, Romine played in 62 games hitting .242 with 4 home runs and 26 RBI.

In 2017, Romine began the season as the backup to Gary Sanchez, but after an injury to Sanchez on April 8, Romine became the Yankees starting catcher until Sanchez returned at the start of May.[23] On August 24, Romine got into an altercation with Miguel Cabrera at home plate. Cabrera shoved Romine, triggering a bench-clearing brawl, and both combatants were ejected. The next day, on August 25, Romine was suspended for two games, pending an appeal. On September 8, Romine dropped his appeal, and began serving his suspension, which was reduced to one game. He batted .218 for the season. He had the lowest batting average against left-handers among all MLB hitters (60 or more plate appearances), at .143.[24]

Romine became the primary catcher for the Yankees after Gary Sánchez was injured in June 2018, and again re-injured in July. He was expected to serve in this role until Sánchez's return. On July 24, Romine was announced as the Yankees' "Heart and Hustle" award winner.[25]

On October 8, Romine pitched in the top of the ninth inning in a 16–1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 American League Division Series, becoming only the second position player to ever pitch in the postseason, the first since Toronto Blue Jays infielder Cliff Pennington in the 2015 American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals. Romine gave up one home run to Brock Holt, allowing Holt to become the first player to hit for the cycle in an MLB postseason game.[26]

On April 21, Romine hit his first career walk-off hit, an RBI single in a 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals.[citation needed] On July 25, Romine made his first career pitching appearance in the regular season, pitching in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 19-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox, who he pitched against in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS. Romine gave up three runs on four hits, including a double and two homers.[27]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

On December 13, 2019, Romine signed a one-year, $4.15 million contract with the Detroit Tigers.[28][29]

Personal life[edit]

Romine's father, Kevin, played in the majors for the Boston Red Sox from 1985 to 1991.[3] His brother, Andrew, is also a major league player.[30] Romine and his wife Alexzandria had their first child, a son, born in 2013.[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Berg, Ted (April 22, 2013). "Six guys set to become MLB stars | For The Win". Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Yankees take Brackman in first round of MLB draft". Chatham Journal. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Prospect Profile: Austin Romine". Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Manuel, John (November 10, 2008). "New York Yankees top 10 prospects". Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  5. ^ New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects, 2010, Baseball America. Published December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
  6. ^ Danny Wild (August 31, 2009). "Romine, Bromberg highlight FSL All-Stars". Retrieved September 1, 2009.
  7. ^ "Austin Romine and Hector Noesi named to Futures Game | The Lohud Yankees Blog". June 22, 2010. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
  8. ^ "Yankees prospect Romine gets chance to shine at Futures game". July 11, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  9. ^ "Trentonian Blogs: Minor Matters: Austin Romine will be back in Trenton". March 28, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  10. ^ "Romine Called Up To Triple-A Scranton…Finally « Mike Ashmore's Thunder Thoughts". September 1, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  11. ^ Caple, Jim (September 15, 2011). "The September story of Steve Delabar". Page 2. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  12. ^ Carig, Marc (September 12, 2011). "Yankees' Jesus Montero, Austin Romine make catching debuts in front of teacher Julio Mosquera". Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  13. ^ Donnie Collins (Staff Writer) (April 2, 2013). "RailRiders' Romine looking to make comeback - Sports". The Times-Tribune. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  14. ^ "Francisco Cervelli of New York Yankees fractures hand while Ivan Nova hurts elbow - ESPN New York". January 1, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  15. ^ "Austin Romine Career Home Runs". Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  16. ^ "Austin Romine still dealing with concussion symptoms, not ready for return to Yankees". September 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  17. ^ "Yankees select Francisco Cervelli as backup catcher". Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  18. ^ Short, D.J. (April 4, 2015). "Yankees designate catcher Austin Romine for assignment". Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  19. ^ Mello, Igor. "Yankees catcher Romine outrighted to minors". CBS Sports Fantasy News. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  20. ^ "Yankees' Austin Romine has turned career around in 6 weeks". Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  21. ^ "Yankees announce September call-ups including Andrew Bailey". August 31, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  22. ^ "Austin Romine wins Yankees' backup catcher job". Newsday. March 31, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  23. ^ "Austin Romine is taking advantage of the opportunity created by Gary Sanchez's injury - River Avenue Blues". April 18, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  24. ^ Splits Leaderboards | FanGraphs
  25. ^ Gartland, Dan (July 24, 2018). "Gary Sanchez hustle: Yankees award goes to Austin Romine - Sports Illustrated". Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  26. ^ Austin Romine pitches ninth inning in New York Yankees' blowout loss to Red Sox North Jersey Record. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  27. ^ Yankees catcher Austin Romine takes the mound during rout by Red Sox North Jersey Record. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
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  29. ^ Noah Trister, Associated Press. "'No hard feelings': New Tiger Austin Romine puts epic brawl with Miguel Cabrera in the past". Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  30. ^ McCarron, Anthony (December 11, 2010). "New York Yankees prospect Austin Romine trying to follow in father's (and brother's) footsteps". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  31. ^ Mark Feinsand (February 12, 2013). "Austin Romine appears at Yankees spring training camp as father of new baby boy and in the race to become team's starting catcher". NY Daily News. Retrieved October 9, 2018.

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