John Romano, Sports Columnist

John Romano

Sports Columnist

Finding the right career can be hit-and-miss. In my case, it was swing-and-miss. When Major League Baseball scouts declined to watch me play, or even acknowledge my existence, journalism seemed like a plausible fallback plan. I started covering prep sports for St. Petersburg's Evening Independent as an 18 year old college freshman, and have worked for newspapers ever since. I have a daughter in college, a son in high school and a wife in charge. And I still can't hit the curveball.

A centuryís worth of baseball memories ready to be told in Tampa

Al Lopez Jr. talks about what it was like growing up in the Ybor City home of his father baseball Hall of Famer Al Lopez. The family home he lived in until he was 17  was moved into it's new location in 2012 on 19th Street in Ybor City where it will become the Tampa Baseball Museum. (JIM REED)
Lou Piniella will host a Tampa Baseball Museum fundraiser in Ybor City on Saturday.

Rays 2019: Is Tampa Bayís opener plan really that radical?

Photo illustration of Rays pitcher Diego Castillo. Illustration by Sean Kristoff-Jones. Times staff photo.
Hereís whatís critics missing about the Raysí pitching philosophy that is spreading.

Well, well, well, look who’s spending money in Tampa Bay

Call Blake Snell's new deal with the Rays smart business, and Tampa Bay has a knack for that.
The Rays, with one of the smallest payrolls in baseball, go on a spending spree a week before the start of the regular season.

Are the Carolina Hurricanes’ hockey celebrations sacrilege or hilarious?
Tampa Bay’s Eastern Conference rival Carolina has taken post-game partying to a new and controversial level.

Blake Snell salary situation reveals the best and worst of the Rays

Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Phillies on March 11  in Clearwater. (CHRIS URSO | Times)
A small investment to reward Snell would go a long way toward reshaping the teamís image.