Griffey was hired as an MLB senior advisor for youth development

NEW YORK (AP) – Ken Griffey Jr. has been hired as a senior adviser to baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.

The Hall of Fame outfielder will work in baseball operations and with youth baseball development. He has the task of improving diversity at the amateur level, Major League Baseball said Friday,

Griffey will work as an MLB ambassador at youth initiatives and at its special events, including the post season and the All-Star Game.

“We welcome the perspective and insights that Ken gained as a historical player, as a parent and as someone who has spent his life in and around our fantastic game,” Manfred said in a statement.

Griffey was a 13-time All-Star who hit .284 with 630 home runs and 1836 RBI in 22 seasons for Seattle (1989-99, 2009-10), Cincinnati (2000-08) and the Chicago White Sox (2008). He was elected to the hall in 2016.


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