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.

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.

Usually slick and always quick, the Lightning can be tough, too

Physical play continue as Tampa Bay Lightning players mix it up with Washington Capitals players late in the third period at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Saturday evening, March 16, 2019. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Tampa Bay takes on hard-hitting Capitals and walks away a 6-3 victor against the Stanley Cup champs.

Steven Stamkosí Lightning goal record will be a signpost along a greater journey

At age 29, Steven Stamkos is the career goal leader for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Is the best yet to come? DIRK SHADD | Times
John Romano: Heíll own the franchise career goal record at age 29. But itís more about the memories Stamkos has made than the numbers.

Wondering who is supposed to rescue the Bucs? (Hint: You already know him)

Four years after they drafted him, the Bucs are putting all of their hopes (and a lot of their money) on the idea that quarterback Jameis Winston is ready to take that next step into elite status. (Bronte Wittpenn/Times)
While other NFL cities are toasting newly acquired stars, Tampa Bayís entire 2019 season will revolve around a player who arrived years ago.

Kevin Kiermaier will never change, and thatís a good thing
Three injury-shortened seasons have made the Rays centerfielder more determined, but will not keep him from going full speed ahead.