Jun 8, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Jamie Romak (35) heads home to score off a single by shortstop Miguel Rojas (72) (not pictured) in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers Designate Romak, Clint Robinson Called Up


You know sometimes the feel good stories have to come to an end. And often times the nicest guys are the worst Baseball players. I don’t know why nice guys sometimes finish last. I wish it weren’t the case, but at times it is.

The Dodgers announced today that outfielder Jamie Romak was designated for assignment. The club called up first baseman/outfielder Clint Robinson to replace him.

Welcome Aboard Clint. You can’t be any worse than Romak-Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers called up Romak on May 27th, after Carl Crawford injured his ankle. Romak has been utterly atrocious the entire time. Romak was batting .272 with 13 home runs, and 30 RBIs in 206 plate appearances this year in Albuquerque. But he’s a career .249 hitter in the minors. Romak is the 28-year old career minor leaguer that had never played in the majors. You know when a guy can barely hit his weight in the minor leagues for over a decade, then he’s probably not going to last long at the major league level.

The fascination with Romak has finally come to and end-Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Romak was batting .048 (1 for 21), his one token hit was a double. Romak only reached base three times during his entire 15 game stint with the Dodgers. Romak saw time in right field, and played a game each at first and third base.

We saw Robinson during spring training, and he looked pretty solid. Robinson was batting .309 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 333 plate appearances in 77 games at Albuquerque this season. Robinson has primarily played at first base this year, appearing in 68 games there. Robinson had four major league plate appearances for the Royals in 2012.

Keep in mind that while Romak is awful, he’s 100 times better at baseball than you or I am. I mean if Romak were to play a Baseball game against myself, he would beat me 100 times out of 100. I’m not a professional athlete obviously. But when comparing him to his peers, I.E. other major leaguers, he is horrendous.

But you know, Romak had real top ten bum potential. His one token hit and his .048 batting average harken us back to the Eugenio Velez days. Romak would need more hitless at-bats to be considered in that conversation, but I have no doubt that Romak could have given Velez, or auto out Garret Anderson a run for their money. We wish Romak the best.

Tags: Clint Robinson Jamie Romak Los Angeles Dodgers

  • thomas rickard

    The dodgers will do anything to keep the clock from starting on Joc

    • Gumby65

      Well he’s out with a shoulder injury anyway.

      • thomas rickard

        It happened yesterday, but they say it isn’t serous, but they will keep bringing up any warm body instead

    • LasordasLair

      I’m beginning to think they may never call him up

    • Stacie Wheeler

      Joc is injured right now, and it sounds like he’ll be out awhile.

  • Owen Reed

    Scott, you obviously got picked on as a child and now just sit around eating bonbons and pick lint out of your navel. So what if Romak disappointed you in his major league debut; he got there because he has talent (which is more than I can say for your writing ability). I’ve seen established mlb superstars go 0fer many times (eg., Jose Reyes) and all the media says is that he’s in a slump. Do you have any clue what pressure a minor league career call up like Romak must be under to be suddenly thrust into the Dodgers line-up? Give it a rest and go get a real job.

    • LasordasLair

      How did I miss this jewel of a comment? Look Owen, if you are somehow related to Romak, then I could understand the embarrassment of watching your relative suck so much. He’s a 28 year old career minor leaguer. Does he have talent compared to you and I? of course, we’re not athletes. I am not an athlete you tool. So obviously he’s better than you or I. But when you compare him to his peers, which are other major league players He is awful. Dude, he got 1 hit. one! Which is one more than I ever expected him to get. He’s a nice guy, but he’s simply not major league caliber. And if you are a Dodger fan, and you care anything about the Dodgers winning games, then you’ll be able to figure out that having a guy wasting a roster spot hurts the club. The needs of the many greatly outweigh the needs of the few, or the one, or one angry little commenter. As far as my writing abilities are concerned, this is my job dipstick. My job is to write, and evaluate players. He stinks. Just like you stink as well.