Saturday, April 9, 2016

1991 Topps #652: Kevin Romine

In this series, I will look at my first team set: 1991 Topps. This was the set I started my baseball card collection with.
Kevin Romine spent his entire career with the Red Sox.  He was mostly a backup outfielder and only once played more than half of the games during the season.  Romine is one of the lesser-known players in the 1991 Topps set and he was never a particularly good hitter.

Romine made his Major League debut in 1985 and bounced up and down between the Majors and the Minors for a few years.  1989 was the season he appeared in the most games, when he played in 92, hitting .274/.327/.332 with one home run and 23 RBIs.  Romine's best season came in 1990 when he hit .272/.331/.368 with two home runs and 14 RBIs, as well as four stolen bases.  That was done in 70 games.  Romine started the season as the starting right-fielder for the Red Sox, but quickly lost that job when Tom Brunansky was acquired.  Romine settled back into his backup role.

Romine played one more season with Boston and was released in August 1991.  He left the game at that point.  He has two sons: Austin and Andrew who have both appeared in the Majors in recent years.

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