Outfielder Álex Romero last played in the majors over a decade ago, spending the 2008-09 seasons with the Diamondbacks, putting up a forgettable .239/.279/.339 triple-slash line over 299 plate appearances. What he did on Wednesday during a Venezuelan winter league game will not be forgotten.
Tensions rose during Wednesday’s game between Caribes de Anzoátegui and Águilas del Zulia. The benches had already cleared and order had temporarily been restored — following a number of ejections — when Romero took his place in the batter’s box against Ángel Nesbitt in the eighth inning. With a 3-0 count in a 13-1 game, Nesbitt threw a fastball behind Romero. Romero immediately swung his bat at catcher Gabriel Lino. He swung the bat again before dashing away as the benches emptied once again.
Here’s the video, via Daniel Álvarez Montes of El Extrabase:
- 7th inning: DH Jairo Perez (Águilas), 2B Yosmany Guerra (Águilas), manager Jackson Melian (Caribes), DH Denis Phipps (Caribes)
- 8th inning: 1B Willians Astudillo (Caribes), C Gabriel Lino (Caribes), P Ángel Nesbitt (Caribes), Cesar Valera (Caribes), P Luis Rengel (Caribes), P Álex Romero (Águilas)
Caribes went on to win, 13-2. It will be interesting to see what kind of punishment gets handed down to Romero for his arguably criminal actions.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”