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MLB hires Roberto Alomar as a special consultant for developing the game in Puerto Rico

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Major League Baseball announced today that it has hired Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar as a special consultant tasked with focusing on youth development in Puerto Rico. Alomar will serve as an ambassador at events and development initiatives and will participate in youth clinics and tournaments.

Major League Baseball has an interest in developing the game in Puerto Rico, as the number of Puerto Rican major leaguers is down compared to what it was in the past. The press release announcing the Alomar hire, however, doesn’t mention that the downward trajectory in numbers of Puerto Rican players began around the time the draft was imposed on the island and teenage players couldn’t sign free agent contracts like their counterparts in the Dominican Republic can.

And, for that matter, like Alomar did himself. He signed a free agent contract with the Padres in 1985, right after he turned 17. I’m sure he has some ideas, though.

Kenley Jansen’s consecutive saves streak ends at 34

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.

Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.

After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.

Zach Britton sets American League record with 55th consecutive save

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Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.

Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.

Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.