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.

Excuse me commissioner, but your argument is nonsense

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. (MARC TOPKIN | Times)
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred uses the Rays success against them in arguing payroll disparity and competitive balance is not a problem.

Why there are still reasons to applaud Delmon Young in Tampa Bay

The Rays traded Delmon Young in 2007, but the former No. 1 overall draft pick is still playing off for Tampa Bay in ways unforeseen when he was declared one of baseball's biggest busts. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
He was a bust as a No. 1 pick in 2003, but the Rays have turned Young into a lasting influence through a series of trades.

The Lightning galaxy has more than a handful of stars

Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (37), celebrating a score earlier in the year, is one of eight forwards with 10 or more goals already this season. (Douglas R. Clifford)
From Nikita Kucherov to the end of the bench, Tampa Bay is as balanced and dangerous as any team in the NHL.

A homecoming for FSU’s College World Series star

Florida State catcher Elizabeth Mason (5), shown here sliding into third base during a best-of-three championship series against Washington in the Women's College World Series last season, spent much of her childhood at Clearwater’s Eddie C. Moore Complex. She returns there this week with FSU for a major softball tournament hosted by ESPN.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Elizabeth Mason spent much of her childhood at Clearwater’s Eddie C. Moore Complex where ESPN is hosting a major softball tournament this week.

No Mallex Smith, no C.J. Cron, no Jake Bauers, no problem for the Rays

The Rays roster has changed but the people who changed it, senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom, left, general manager Erik Neander, center, and manager Kevin Cash, shown here Tuesday during a pre-spring training press conference in Port Charlotte, still remain. CHRIS URSO   |   Times
Once again, Tampa Bay’s front office has re-imagined the team’s roster and the metrics say the Rays have a contender.