Poor Ricky Romero. As soon as the southpaw gets a generous promotion back to the bigs, his jersey is put on clearance inside the Jays Shop at the Rogers Centre.
This guy can’t win. And neither can the Toronto Blue Jays. Jays fan @Proposition_Joe posted a tweet a few hours before the Blue Jays welcomed the Baltimore Orioles into town for a three-game set last night in Toronto that showed a whole clearance rack dedicated to Ricky Romero’s road grey jersey.
Stay classy Toronto.
Romero has perhaps had his last dance with the last-place Blue Jays. After spending the vast majority of the summer in the minors, the lefty has only pitched 6.1 innings in three games so far this season for the Blue Jays, and currently sports a 9.95 ERA. That to me says that the Blue Jays have something up their sleeve when it comes to who they think is going to round out the rotation during the 2014 MLB campaign.
They don’t even have faith in him as a middle reliever. Let’s face it, folks. Does anything ever really go on sale at the Rogers Centre, let alone any major league ballpark for that matter? Absolutely not. Ricky Romero’s triple-A Buffalo Bison‘s jersey is now actually more expensive then his Toronto Blue Jays jersey.
Romero’s stats in Buffalo didn’t necessarily reign supreme either. He ended up going 5-8 with a 5.78 ERA, striking out 85 and walking 63. That’s not going to cut it for someone looking for a second chance, a third chance, or whatever chance this is for him. He needs to move on, and so do the Blue Jays. They have invested way too much time with him and need to get over the fact that he could get better just because he was a former top prospect.
If the Blue Jays continue to put up with Romero’s woes, they will find themselves in a similar situation as the one they are currently in with Dustin McGowan.
He was another top pitching prospect that they swore on, drafting him 33rd overall in the first round of the 2000 amateur draft. McGowan is struggling this season more than ever both on the mound and in the doctor’s office. He too should be in a different uniform or on the clearance rack at the Jays Shop.
When it comes down to it, it would be wise for Romero and the Blue Jays to go their separate ways. Maybe he should have been part of the blockbuster trade that went down between Toronto and the Miami Marlins last November.
Nonetheless, now is Ricky’s chance to go down to the Jays Shop and save some money on some Christmas gifts for his friends and family back home in East L.A. That’s what I would do. At least he would have the last laugh in what has been a joke of a relationship.