July 15, 1947 |
Santa Rosalía, Baja California Sur, Mexico
|April 7, 1977, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1982, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||3.45|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Member of the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Baseball Hall of Fame|
Enrique Romo Navarro (born July 15, 1947 in Santa Rosalía, Baja California Sur, Mexico) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Seattle Mariners (1977–78) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1979–82). Romo batted and threw right-handed. He is the younger brother of Vicente Romo, who also pitched in the majors.
Romo pitched 11 seasons in Mexican baseball prior to making his major league debut for the Seattle Mariners in 1977 at the age of 29. In his rookie season, he led the Mariners with 16 saves. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates after the 1978 season in a multi-player deal which brought, among others, the infamous Mario Mendoza to the Mariners.
His most productive season came in 1979 for World Series Champion Pittsburgh, with whom he had a 10–5 mark, a 2.99 ERA, career-highs in games (84) and innings (129.3), exclusively as a set-up man for closer Kent Tekulve. Romo also made two appearances in the World Series, won by Pittsburgh over the Baltimore Orioles in seven games. In 1980, he slugged a grand slam home run.
In 1983, Romo failed to report to spring training, first indicating he would arrive late due to one of his children dealing with chicken pox, and then later not attending at all, announcing the intention to join an unsanctioned league in Mexico. Pittsburgh warned Romo that such a move would require them to fine him $500 for each day of camp that he missed; ultimately, Romo remained in Mexico.
Along with his brother Vicente, Romo is a member of the Mexican Professional Baseball Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2003. In 2010, the Romo brothers had their uniform numbers retired by Yaquis de Obregón of the Mexican Winter League. In 2015, Romo was announced as being part of the 2016 induction class of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame.
- List of Major League Baseball all-time saves leaders
- List of players from Mexico in Major League Baseball
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Baseball Library, or Retrosheet
- Ranier, Bill; Finoli, David (19 May 2005). When the Bucs Won It All: The 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. McFarland. ISBN 9780786420506. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- "Right-handed relief pitcher Enrique Romo informed the Pittsburgh Pirates.." UPI. UPI. 3 March 1983. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- "Phillies, Carlton strike a deal" (PDF). nyshistoricnewspapers.org. Press-Republican. 4 March 1983. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- "TALENTED EXPOS, CHANGED DODGERS COULD DOMINATE". The New York Times. The New York Times. 3 April 1983. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- Otero, Salo (13 July 2003). "Three former Tecos to join Mexican League Hall of Fame" (PDF). Laredo Morning Times. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- Baskin, Bruce (1 November 2010). "Baseball Mexico - OurSports Central". www.oursportscentral.com. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- "Orlando Hernandez, Jesse Orosco, Edgar Renteria, Ivan Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa & Omar Vizquel named to Latino Baseball Hall of Fame". Major League Baseball. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2017.