Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today announced that he has named Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar as a Special Consultant to Major League Baseball who will focus on youth baseball development and other league goals in Puerto Rico.
Alomar's duties will include advising the Office of the Commissioner on issues related to youth baseball in Puerto Rico and serving as an ambassador at events and development initiatives on the island, including youth clinics and tournaments. The 2011 Hall of Fame inductee will assist in MLB's efforts to attract and develop Puerto Rican players, coaches, managers and front office personnel. Alomar, 49, will also serve as a spokesperson for MLB's Pitch Hit and Run program in Puerto Rico.
Commissioner Manfred said: "I look forward to Roberto playing a role in our youth initiatives in Puerto Rico and contributing to our Pipeline Program. With many exciting young Puerto Rican players in our game today we have a great opportunity to take strides forward in the years ahead. I am pleased that Roberto will be a part of building on Puerto Rico's rich baseball tradition."
Alomar said: "I am honored to partner with Commissioner Manfred and Major League Baseball on this important initiative. We have a proud history and a great passion for the game of baseball in Puerto Rico and I am very excited to play a role in the development of our youth"
Alomar assembled a 17-year Hall of Fame career in the Major Leagues from 1988-2004. The standout second baseman helped lead the Toronto Blue Jays to consecutive World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. He made 12 consecutive All-Star Game appearances between 1990-2001. Alomar earned 10 Gold Gloves in his career. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1992 American League Championship Series and batted .480 (12-25) with six RBI and four stolen bases in the 1993 World Series. Overall, Alomar's Clubs (TOR, BAL and CLE) participated in the Postseason seven times in 10 opportunities between 1991-2001. Before he entered Cooperstown in 2011, the Blue Jays retired Alomar's number 12 - the first time that the franchise had ever so honored a player in its history.
Alomar was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and attended Luis Muñoz Rivera High School in Salinas. Roberto's father Sandy and brother Sandy Jr. have both been longtime Major League players and coaches. Sandy Jr., Roberto's former Cleveland teammate, is currently on the Major League coaching staff of the Indians.