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04/23/2009 3:02 PM ET
Frank Robinson named Special Assistant to Commissioner
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Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who has served Major League Baseball in a variety of significant positions over a distinguished baseball career that has spanned more than 50 years, has been appointed Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today.

"Besides being one of the greatest players to ever play the game, Frank has served the game admirably in many different capacities," said Commissioner Selig. "He has an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge that I will put to use on a regular basis and on a myriad of baseball issues. Frank is a legendarybaseball figure."

Robinson, who will report directly to the Commissioner, assembled a Hall of Fame playing career with the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels and Cleveland Indians, amassing 586 career home runs, seventh on the all-time list, and is the only player in history to win the Most Valuable Player award in both the American and National Leagues.

Robinson has served as field manager of the Indians, San Francisco Giants, Orioles, Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals. He also was the Orioles' assistant general manager for five years, and served the Commissioner's Office as Vice President of On-Field Operations from 2000 to 2002 and, most recently, as Special Advisor to the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations over the past two years.

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