Frank Robinson, the executive vice president of baseball development since June 2012, is giving up that post to become an adviser to new commissioner Rob Manfred.
The Hall of Fame outfielder and former manager of the Indians, Giants, Orioles, Expos and Nationals will also be the honorary president of the American League, succeeding Jackie Autry, who’d held the role since its inception in 2001.
“Frank Robinson’s many accomplishments as a player and as a groundbreaking manager and executive are well known to baseball fans,” Manfred said in a statement. “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, who hit 586 homers in a Hall of Fame career with the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Indians, was MLB’s vice president of on-field operations from 2000-02, a special adviser to the executive vice president of baseball operations from 2007-09, a special assistant to Bud Selig in 2009-10 and 2011-12 and senior VP for major league operations in 2010-11.
“I am looking forward to supporting Rob's vision as commissioner and becoming honorary American League president,” Robinson said in a statement. “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.”