MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Romine played all nine on Saturday. Positions, that is. Not just innings.
With the last-place Detroit Tigers finishing up a lost season and the Minnesota Twins locked in as the second AL wild card, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus let Romine play every spot on the diamond during Saturday night’s game at Target Field.
Romine began the night as the starting left fielder and ended the night at first base. He took the mound in the 8th inning and recorded one out.
Romine became only the fifth player ever to play all nine positions in one game so it was certainly something that many fans would consider pretty cool. However, one Minnesota Twins beat reporter wasn’t a fan of the move by Ausmus, calling it a “Detroit freak show.”
Mike Berardino, a Minnesota Twins beat reporter for the Pioneer Press, voiced his displeasure about Romine taking the mound against Twins third baseman Miguel Sano in the 8th inning. Berdadino argued that it was “unfortunate” and “not coo” that Sano — who was recently activated from the DL — had to face Romine instead of a regular pitcher.
See below the string of tweets from Berardino on Romine taking the mound against Sano.
The ironic thing about this is that Romine got Sano to ground out.
A number of Berardino’s followers tweeted back at him on Ausmus’ behalf, with a common message of it not mattering who Romine faced when he took the mound. Below are a few of those responses.
Ultimately, the Tigers beat the Twins, 3-2, to snap a six-game losing streak against Minnesota. The Tigers will finish up the season tomorrow afternoon in Minnesota. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m.
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