Charles Teofilo Romero
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 170 lb.
Charlie Romero played in the minors before becoming a coach and later a manager.
Romero competed for the Dominican Republic in the 1985 Olympic sprinting qualifiers. He hit only .175/~.197/.247 for the 1985 GCL Blue Jays in his pro debut in baseball. He struck out in 33 of 97 at-bats. In '86, Charlie batted .242/~.279/.302 for the Florence Blue Jays and was 0 for 2 for the Medicine Hat Blue Jays. He ended his Jays career in 1987, going 1 for 1 for the Myrtle Beach Blue Jays and hitting .242/~.265/.273 for the St. Catharines Blue Jays. His 14 steals were second on St. Catharines behind William Suero.
Charlie then signed with the California Angels, starting a decades-long stretch with that organization. In 1988, Romero hit .253/.312/.291 for the Quad Cities Angels. He was third in the Midwest League with 14 outfield errors. He stole 32 bases, but was gunned down 21 times, two behind leader Andres Santana, who had been successful 56 more times.
Charlie split 1989 between Quad Cities (.188/~.243/.217 in 19 G) and the Palm Springs Angels (.265/~.335/.304, 35 SB in 113 G). He wrapped up in 1990 by batting .220/.271/.240 for Palm Springs.
Romero then became a hitting coach, with the AZL Angels (1991-1993) and Cedar Rapids Kernels (1994). He guided the 1995 DSL Angels to a 31-39 record in his first season as a manager. He returned to the hitting coach role with the 1996 Kernels, 1997 Butte Copper Kings and 1998 Boise Hawks.
Returning to the DSL Angels as skipper in 1999, he was 44-25. He would have ten straight seasons with a winning record before falling under .500 in 2009; he was 487-339 through '09. He was named Dominican Summer League Manager of the Year in 2005, when his club was 44-26 and won the East Division. Romero remained the skipper of the DSL Angels through the 2014 season.
Leaving the Angels after 27 years as a player, coach, or manager, Romero managed the DSL Astros Blue in 2015 and 2017 and DSL Astros in 2018. There is no record of him coaching or managing in 2016. He was then assistant hitting coach of the DSL White Sox in 2019. He was scheduled to be the hitting coach of the Birmingham Barons in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. Romero was hitting coach of the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers in 2021 and Birmingham in 2022.
In addition to coaching and managing in the minor leagues, Romero has extensive experience coaching in the Dominican League during the winter. This includes:
- 2007/2008 Coach Toros del Este
- 2008/2009 Coach Toros del Este
- 2011/2012 Bench coach Toros del Este
- 2012/2013 Bench coach Estrellas Orientales
- 2014/2015 Bench coach Estrellas Orientales
- 2018/2019 Coach Toros del Este
- 2019/2020 Bench coach Toros del Este
- 2020/2021 Bench coach & field coordinator Toros del Este
- 2021/2022 Bench coach & field coordinator Toros del Este
- 1989 and 1991 Baseball Guides
- 2010 Angels Media Guide
- 1986-1987 Baseball America Statistics Reports
- 1988 and 1990 Baseball Almanacs