Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. accomplished plenty in his 22-year playing career. Now Griffey Jr. is returning to the sport he loves in a front office setting.
According to Major League Baseball, Griffey Jr. has been named the Senior Advisor to Commissioner Rob Manfred. Griffey will consult with Major League Baseball on multiple issues, including baseball operations and baseball youth development. He will also serve as an ambassador at youth initiatives and special events.
“I am humbled to be asked to work with Major League Baseball in this role,” Griffey Jr. said in a MLB press release. “It will be an honor to represent the best sport in the world and to promote our game among today’s youth.”
Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. has been named Senior Advisor to the Commissioner. He will consult with @MLB on a number of issues, with special emphasis on baseball operations & youth baseball development, and will serve as an ambassador at youth initiatives & at special events. pic.twitter.com/NoooGJTd7L
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) January 29, 2021
Commissioner Rob Manfred also issued a statement, stating, “We are thrilled that Ken will represent Major League Baseball at some of our sport’s most important stages, alongside our current and future stars. We welcome the perspective and insights that Ken gained as a historic player, as a parent, and as someone who has spent his life in and around our great game.”
BREAKING: The Kid joins MLB …
Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as Sr. Advisor to the Commissioner with an emphasis on baseball operations, youth development and improving diversity at all levels of the game. pic.twitter.com/GMAF7fSOtr
— MLB (@MLB) January 29, 2021
In his 22-year career, Griffey Jr. was a 13-time All-Star, a 1o-time Gold Glove winner, hit 630 home runs in his career, and was the youngest member in Major League Baseball’s All-Century team, which was unveiled in 1999.