Romine Loves Being The Main Man

Austin Romine had been waiting for his opportunity to become the full-time catcher for his team since he was drafted in the second round two years ago. He has finally gotten his chance after Jesus Montero was promoted to Trenton and Romine says he's loving every minute of it.

With Jesus Montero's promotion to Trenton last month, Tampa Yankees' catcher Austin Romine has gotten used to receiving all the catching duties.

It hasn't been that much of an adjustment or too demanding for him to get used to the change, rather more of an honor.

Romine said he's loving it.

"I think the Yankees are giving me a big complement by giving me basically my own team," Romine said. "I'm only 20 years old."

Romine said he enjoys catching every day and has gotten used to having a routine. He said it gets tiring sometimes, but he's been waiting for this opportunity.

"I'm more excited than anything to finally be able to do it, so I've just gone at it with that attitude," Romine said.

He said the new routine has even benefited his game.

"It's easier to get into a routine, it's easier to stay flexible, it's easier to just know what you're doing every day," Romine said. "It's just an easier adjustment for me. When I come to the field, I know what I'm doing. I can go out and get loose the same way."

The increase of his catching time has helped Romine's relationship with the pitchers.

Pitchers Pat Venditte and Hector Noesi were both recently promoted from Charleston. Romine said it hasn't taken long to develop a connection on the field with them either.

"They're both great pitchers. I was worried when they were coming up," Romine said. "Sometimes it's hard to catch a new guy. You don't know what they're thinking; you don't know what they want to do. You don't know what pitches they want to throw. It takes time to get on the same page as them."

But Romine said it took about two innings with each pitcher and they "were thinking the same."

Since signing with the Yankees in 2007, Romine said there's "no comparison" with how far he's come since then.

He said although he's only been in the organization for two years, the development of his game makes it seem much longer.

"I was just a young kid coming out of high school," he said. "I had never gotten any instruction on how to catch before so I came here…I can't tell you how much better it is from when I was in Charleston and I would drop 16, 17 balls a game. Now I look back and I'm like, ‘Man I dropped one,' in like five innings ago."

Romine said he just has to keep doing his own thing in order to get to the next level. He said his problem used to be he tried to do too much.

"All I can do is be me and play the way I play," he said. "If they think I deserve to move up, it will be a big honor."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nWith Jesus Montero's promotion to Trenton last month, Tampa Yankees' catcher Austin Romine has gotten used to receiving all the catching duties.
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\r\nIt hasn't been that much of an adjustment or too demanding for him to get used to the change, rather more of an honor.
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\r\nRomine said he's loving it.
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\r\n\"I think the Yankees are giving me a big complement by giving me basically my own team,\" Romine said. \"I'm only 20 years old.\"
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\r\nRomine said he enjoys catching every day and has gotten used to having a routine. He said it gets tiring sometimes, but he's been waiting for this opportunity.
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\r\n\"I'm more excited than anything to finally be able to do it, so I've just gone at it with that attitude,\" Romine said.
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\r\nHe said the new routine has even benefited his game.
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\r\n\"It's easier to get into a routine, it's easier to stay flexible, it's easier to just know what you're doing every day,\" Romine said. \"It's just an easier adjustment for me. When I come to the field, I know what I'm doing. I can go out and get loose the same way.\"
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\r\nThe increase of his catching time has helped Romine's relationship with the pitchers.
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\r\nPitchers Pat Venditte and Hector Noesi were both recently promoted from Charleston. Romine said it hasn't taken long to develop a connection on the field with them either.
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\r\n\"They're both great pitchers. I was worried when they were coming up,\" Romine said. \"Sometimes it's hard to catch a new guy. You don't know what they're thinking; you don't know what they want to do. You don't know what pitches they want to throw. It takes time to get on the same page as them.\"
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\r\nBut Romine said it took about two innings with each pitcher and they \"were thinking the same.\"
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\r\nSince signing with the Yankees in 2007, Romine said there's \"no comparison\" with how far he's come since then.
\r\n
\r\nHe said although he's only been in the organization for two years, the development of his game makes it seem much longer.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was just a young kid coming out of high school,\" he said. \"I had never gotten any instruction on how to catch before so I came here…I can't tell you how much better it is from when I was in Charleston and I would drop 16, 17 balls a game. Now I look back and I'm like, ‘Man I dropped one,' in like five innings ago.\"
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\r\nRomine said he just has to keep doing his own thing in order to get to the next level. He said his problem used to be he tried to do too much.
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\r\n\"All I can do is be me and play the way I play,\" he said. \"If they think I deserve to move up, it will be a big honor.\"
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