On Saturday night, Tigers utilityman Andrew Romine became the fifth player every to play all nine positions in one Major League Baseball Game.
Romine accomplished the feat on the road against the Twins on Saturday as the season winds to a close, with manager Brad Ausmus (who will not return next season) allowing him maximum versatility.
Romine, 31, would join Bert Campaneris, Cesar Tovar, Scott Sheldon and Shane Halter (also of the Tigers, who did it on Oct. 1, 2000) in the record books. He has already played eight positions this season, including pitcher, and needed only to catch in order to hit every spot. His brother, Austin, is a catcher for the Yankees and lent him a glove to use on Saturday behind the plate.
After starting in leftfield, the plan was for Romine to wheel around the diamond the rest of the game. He played the second inning in centerfield, the third in right, and spent the next three innings at third base, shortstop and second before catching the seventh inning. He came in to pitch to open the eighth and coaxed a grounder out of Twins sluger Miguel Sano, then moved to first base to complete the whole cycle.