Card: 2020 Topps Heritage #326
Jordan Robert Romano (born April 21, 1993 in Markham, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. Romano pitched for the Italian national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic as his father is Italian - he got Italy's lone win of the Classic.
Romano was selected in the tenth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He earned his first major league win in the first game of the pandemic impacted 2020 season on July 24th against the Tampa Bay Rays. However, a sprained finger then ended his season, and he missed the final month and the postseason.
In 2021, he was once again counted upon as a bullpen mainstay, especially after putative closer Tyler Yates went down for the count with an elbow injury in spring training. He repeated his feat of winning on opening day, pitching a scoreless 9th inning against the New York Yankees on April 1st with the score tied at 2, before the Jays scored once in the top of the 10th. His one inning was a bit stressful though, as he gave up a lead-off single to Gary Sanchez, then saw pinch-runner Mike Tauchman steal both second and third base before being thrown out at home on an excellent game-saving play by 3B Cavan Biggio.
In 2021 he finished the season with 23 saves and an excellent 1.048 WHIP after appearing in 62 games. In 2022, as the closer for the Blue Jays, Jordan was named to the AL All-star team after leading the league in saves to that point. In 2023, he again was near the top of the MLB saves leaderboard at the break (tied for third ), and was selected to the AL All Star Team.
Interestingly, when Aaron Judge hit his AL record 61st home run on 9/28/22 into the Blue Jay's bullpen, it was retrieved by the bullpen coach Matt Buschmann, and delivered to Aaron Judge by Jordan.
Jordan is part of the MLB Current Players Tour – Go To The Next Stop
Jordan is also part of the All-Star Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop
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