On the first day of summer, the Winnipeg Goldeyes welcomed back 2017 American Association Player of the Year, Josh Romanski. Romanski was an integral part of both the 2016 and 2017 American Association Champion Winnipeg Goldeyes.
Romanski hit at a dazzling .324 clip last year, while smacking 27 doubles, homering 11 times and racking up 81 RBI. Romanski also drew 46 walks, stole 10 bases and scored 74 times. Romanski was fourth in the league in batting average and third in RBIs. An incredibly clutch hitter, Romanski has hit an astounding .379 with two outs and runners in scoring position since 2016.
The left-batting, left-fielding, 31-year old native of Anaheim, California, is an incredible .360 hitter in his career at Shaw Park. Romanski is in his 10th season of professional ball, spending his first four seasons as a pitcher,and reaching the Triple-A level in 2013. Romanski converted into a position player in 2014 while playing for the Gary SouthShore RailCats. He spent the following year playing professionally in Japan before signing with the Goldeyes in 2016. He began the 2018 season with Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican League.
To make room for Romanski, the Goldyes placed left-handed relief pitcher Josh Blanco on the disabled list. The club also announced the release of 26-year old right-handed reliever, Zach Hartman. Hartman pitched 10.2 innings for the Goldeyes in 12 games this year. He gave up 23 hits, and 14 earned runs, and had an ERA of 11.81. He walked 5 and struck out 10.
Romanski made an immediate impact in his re-debut with the Fish. He smashed a solo home run in his first at-bat back in a Goldeye uniform on Thursday night against the St. Paul Saints. The Goldeyes, aided by an 8-run 2nd inning, defeated the Saints by a final score of 16-5 at CHS Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. With the victory, the Goldeyes improved to 17-15, while the Saints dropped to 19-13. The Goldeyes are currently 2 games out of first place in the American Association North Division. The Fish are back in action tomorrow night, with game two of a four game set against the St. Paul Saints. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. from CHS Field.