Detroit Tigers may play Andrew Romine all 9 positions in 1 game. Here's why they should

A stunt? Yes. A mockery of the game? No.

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said this [url=]http://... he’s considering allowing Andrew Romine to play all nine positions in a game during the current homestand.

There's really nothing to think about. It should happen and Ausmus should announce it as soon as possible to give fans  ample time to buy tickets (they're dirt cheap on StubHub).

Romine playing each position in a game is the best reason anyone would have for seeing the Tigers during the final month of the regular season. The team drastically underachieved and traded away the majority of its remaining star power at the end of August.

Romine would become the fifth player and second Tiger to play all nine positions in a game. Ausmus was a catcher for the Tigers when Shane Halter accomplished the feat on Oct. 1, 2000.

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The others who have played all nine positions in a game are: Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City Athletics (Sept. 8, 1965), Cesar Tovar of the Minnesota Twins (Sept. 22, 1968) and Scott Sheldon of the Texas Rangers (Sept. 6, 2000).

“If we’re going to do it, it would have to be some time in the next seven days,” Ausmus said. “You can’t do it against the Twins and Royals if they’re in the hunt."

Ausmus said in July that Romine could play [url=]http... before the end of the season. That’s the position Romine hasn't played in his Major League career. It’s also the same position his brother, Austin Romine, plays for the New York Yankees.

Asked about Romine starting at catcher in July, Ausmus said it would “have to probably be the last day of the season and we’re out of it.”

The Tigers are clearly out of it now, and have a stretch of games against the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics that allow him to consider giving Romine the chance to do something special.

Some baseball purists will be upset about the news.

The fact remains the Tigers are a terrible team and this will be an interesting story line in an otherwise forgettable stretch of remaining home games.