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It was a mid-Summer day in the Bay Area when a young 25-year old stud struck out Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu of the, then, Florida Marlins and recorded his first career save. That young gun was Sergio Romo, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Miami Marlins this spring. Romo has come a long way since his first save, which has included 3 World Series rings and the nickname “EL MECHÓN” with his 2008-2016. He also had a stint with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017 that was cut short when the Dodgers designated him for assignment, which ultimately resulted in Romo being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. Sergio would remain with the Rays through the 2018 season, where he made his first career start on May 19, 2018 pitching a scoreless inning against the Angels. He would also start the next day becoming the first pitcher to start on consecutive days since Zack Greinke did so in 2012. Romo would also record his 100th career save late in the 2018 season. Before joining the Marlins this spring, Sergio brands a 38-31 W-L record, a 2.86 ERA, 109 saves, and 632 K’s through 562.2 IP in 643 games.
Sergio Romo appears to be in the mentor role for the young pitching staff of the Marlins, and the rest of the team for that matter. With his exciting personality and solid pitching, Romo looks to lead a young Marlins staff to their maximum potential with young guys like Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez, Trevor Richards, Riley Ferrell, Jarlin Garcia, and Jordan Yamamoto. This role also comes with a lot of responsibility, and even Romo gets nervous and excited for playing the game he loves.
Sergio Romo brings a veteran presence to a young Marlins team that finished the year 63-98. Romo is a cast iron skillet that has been well seasoned for a decade among a brand spanking new set of pots and pans that your momma just ordered with your student discounted Amazon Prime. In response to the lowest attendance in the majors by almost 200,000, the Marlins look to form a winning culture with Derek Jeter at the helm. With a revamped organization including stadium renovations, uniform and logo changes, and a dedication to improve the fan experience, the Fish plan to resurge the 305 with this exciting young ball club.