A tale of two halves for Yankees catcher Austin Romine

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A tale of two halves for Yankees catcher Austin Romine
A tale of two halves for Yankees catcher Austin Romine

Austin Romine entered play on Thursday night with 111 plate appearances before the All-Star break and 111 plate appearances after. The number of plate appearances is about the only thing those two stretches of the season have in common for the veteran backstop. The 30-year-old struggled mightily at the plate in the first half of the season, but has come alive since July 14th, his first action after the break. So what changed for Romine and how sustainable is his current performance at the dish? For the first half of the 2019 MLB season, Romine completely lost the plate discipline that he was known for the previous two seasons. After posting a 6.3% walk rate in 2017 and a 6.4% walk rate in 2018,

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