Frank Robinson named senior advisor for MLB and new honorary AL president

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MLB announced this afternoon that Hall of Famer Frank Robinson has been named senior advisor for MLB and new honorary president for the American League. Robinson previously served as MLB’s executive vice president for baseball development.

In his new position, Robinson is expected to assist new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred “on issues related to on-field operations, MLB’s annual Civil Rights Game, youth participation and diversity.” He’s replacing Jackie Autry as honorary AL president. Autry held the position from 2001 until recently stepping down. Honorary league presidents don’t have any power, but at least Robinson will get to hand out the ALCS MVP trophy in October.

Below are comments from Manfred and Robinson:

Commissioner Manfred said: “Frank Robinson’s many accomplishments as a player and as a groundbreaking manager and executive are well known to baseball fans. I am glad that this dual role will allow him to continue to contribute to a game that he has served well throughout his Hall of Fame career.”

Robinson said: “I am looking forward to supporting Rob’s vision as Commissioner and becoming Honorary American League President. We have the best game in the world and a particularly promising future. I appreciate the chance to represent the American League, in which I gained some of my fondest memories as a player and a manager.”

You can read the full press release here.