Carlos Beltran only played for the Yankees for two and a half seasons, but he created a new tradition for Yankees legends: he came up with the idea for the blue blazers for Yankees greats honored with enshrinement in Monument Park.
You may have noticed Derek Jeter and all the other assembled Yankees greats wearing the blazers during last night’s Jeter-Palooza. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com writes about how that all came to be:
One day last season, Beltran was sitting in clubhouse manager Rob Cucuzza’s office when he threw out an idea he had during one of the many Monument Park ceremonies he watched during his first two years in pinstripes.
“I told Cucuzza, ‘What about a navy blazer with a patch for Monument Park?'” Beltran said. “You put that jacket on and it shows you’re in a special place. And when you take a picture of all those guys together, they’re going to look great. Cucuzza said, ‘That’s not a bad idea,’ so he presented it to management.”
And they liked the idea. Beltran, now with the Astros, was asked to present Jeter with his blazer as a thank you for the inspiration.
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.
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.