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Griffey hired as MLB senior adviser for youth development

He is tasked with improving diversity at amateur levels
Credit: AP
FILE - National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey Jr. speaks during induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., in this Sunday, July 24, 2016, file photo. en 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 on youth baseball development. He is tasked with improving diversity at amateur levels, Major League Baseball said Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

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 youth baseball development. He is tasked with improving diversity at amateur levels.

Griffey will work as an MLB ambassador at youth initiatives and at its special events, including the postseason and the All-Star Game. Griffey was a 13-time All-Star who hit .284 with 630 homers and 1,836 RBIs in 22 seasons for Seattle, Cincinnati and the Chicago White Sox. 

He was elected to the Hall in 2016.