Toronto Blue Jays: The Re-Birth of Ricky Romero

By Clayton Richer
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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero has experienced both the praise and perils of Major League Baseball. The 2012 Blue Jays opening day starter is attempting to rebuild his mechanics and regain his confidence with the Single A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League.

The baseball praise for Romero came in 2011 when he was selected to participate in All-Star game en route to a 15-11 season with a 2.92 earned average. The success garnered him the opening day nod to commence the 2012 season.

The 2012 season began the peril of struggles for Romero who was shellacked nearly every outing posting an embarrassing earned run average of 5.77 where he led the American League in base on balls issued with 105 free passes. That season shelled the confidence of Romero and the confidence of his employer in the Toronto Blue Jays who thought Romero could benefit from a complete mechanics rebuild after his spring training showed no hints of regaining his 2011 form.

Romero made his first official start of the season yesterday against the Brevard County Manatees who represent the Milwaukee Brewers. The Romero was promising as Romero tossed seven innings of one-run ball scattering six hits and fanning four Manatees.

Obviously, it is hard to evaluate the competition Romero faced in his outing but if nothing else it may be the rebirth of Romero as he starts his trek back to the major leagues.

The way the Blue Jays season has begun, the likes of a 2011 Romero could work wonders for the struggling Jays who are still searching to find their identity.

Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCornerFacebookand Google Plus.   

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