It was interesting to see the Mets’ decision to release minor league catcher Alex Luciano Machillando Romero who was arrested for felony shoplifting in July while in Port St. Lucie.
The Mets have had their share of bad characters before, but often kept them on a long leash with multiple opportunities.
Not only did Romero steal the clothes, but punched a store officer and fled police. All in all, some something he’d like to have on the back of his baseball card.
He paid a $568 fine and served 12 days of jail time. He did not play again after the incident.
I wonder what took them so long to make the cut.
Being a professional athlete isn’t a license to behave like a thug. Perhaps he’ll get another chance somewhere else, but the Mets sent a clear message they won’t tolerate such behavior in their organization.
Good for them.