Stefen Romero picked a fine time to shine on Saturday, launching two home runs in the Arizona Fall League’s “Fall Stars Game.”
Romero hit two opposite-field dingers in the game, which was televised nationally on the MLB Network.
Interestingly, Romero didn’t even start the game – he entered the game in left field in the fifth inning.
In the sixth, he crushed a two-run homer off Rays Triple-A left-hander Mike Montgomery. In the eighth, he lifted a solo shot against young Tigers relief prospect Corey Knebel.
It was a great day for Romero, who was hitting .180 with one homer in 50 at-bats prior to the game.
One tidbit from looking at the box score: one of Romero’s teammates was Colin Moran, who is the younger brother of Romero’s Rainiers teammate Brian Moran.
- Here is the game story on the prospect-laden Fall Stars Game, and on his blog Ryan Divish posted video of Romero’s homers (and listen to the unprepared announcer get his name wrong twice*).
- The Mariners manager search is into a round of second interviews. Joey Cora, Lloyd McClendon, Tim Wallach, and Chip Hale are the known finalists, Greg Johns reports.
- The Mariners let some coaches go, and others are waiting to learn their fate. Included in the later group is our pal Daren Brown.
- One of the out-of-nowhere World Series heroes of the 1950s Yankees passed away.
On Wednesday, we’ll handicap the field of potential 2014 Tacoma Rainiers managers.
* a note on the broadcast criticism: anyone can get a name wrong once, simply having the wrong word come out. Doing it twice means he didn’t go through the names thoroughly prior to the broadcast.