Austin Romine’s most famous moment at Comerica Park came in 2017, when the catcher and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera got into a shoving match at home plate that led to a wild, benches-clearing brawl between the Yankees and the Tigers.
After signing a one-year, $4.1 million deal to join Detroit in his first foray into free agency, Romine said Friday there were “no hard feelings” between him and Cabrera, his new Tigers teammate.
“I feel like baseball takes care of itself,’’ Romine said during a conference call. “You have two guys out there protecting their teams. That’s just baseball. It was an unfortunate circumstance, but you move on. I think I’m in a spot now where I’m excited to go to Detroit, and I’m excited to work with one of the best hitters of our generation and hopefully learn from him.”
Romine had spent his entire 12-year professional career with the Yankees until this week. The Yankees decided to go with Kyle Higashioka to back up Gary Sanchez instead of retaining the 31-year-old Romine at a higher price.
Romine has been a respected voice in the clubhouse for much of the past four years, but the incident in Detroit was uncharacteristic.