Saturday, August 7, 2021

Stefan Romero

Stefen Romero of the Orix Buffaloes was the second foreign player to ask for and receive his release during the Olympic break.  Like Ernesto Mejia, Romero was unhappy that he was separated from his family.

Romero joined the Buffaloes in 2017 after spending six years in the Mariners organization.  He hit over 20 home runs in each of his first two seasons with the Buffaloes but injuries kept him off the field for about a third of the 2019 season and he only hit 18 home runs.  He left Orix as a free agent and joined the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for the 2020 season.  He topped 20 home runs again in Sendai but returned to Orix this season.  He'd only played in about 20 games for the ichi-gun Buffaloes and was hitting .169 when the season paused for the Olympic break.

Here's a handful of Romero's cards.  I wanted to show one card from each of the five seasons he played in Japan but I don't have any of his 2021 cards yet (he's only in the BBM 2nd Version and Buffaloes team sets) so I picked two 2020 cards because I liked both of them:

2017 BBM 1st Version #151

2018 Calbee #092

2019 Epoch NPB #132

2020 BBM 1st Version #074

2020 BBM Eagles #E59

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