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Hall of Famer Frank Robinson is taking on a new role with Major League Baseball.  He’s been appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig as the executive vice president of baseball development.

Robinson was most recently the special assistant to the commissioner, but will now shift his focus to the management of MLB’s Urban Youth Academies in Compton, Houston and Puerto Rico, as well as the development of future sites in New Orleans, Hialeah, Florida and Philadelphia.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 after a 21-year playing career, the 76-year-old Robinson remains the only player to win MVP Awards in both the American and National Leagues.  He hit 586 career home runs and later became the first African-American manager in baseball history.

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