MLB Executive Vice President Jimmie Lee Solomon speaks at the MLB Beacon Awards Banquet at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

MLB Replaces Executive VP Jimmie Lee Solomon

There's been a change in MLB's executive offices.

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Frank Robinson New MLB VP Of Baseball Development

Earlier this month, MLB fired Jimmie Lee Solomon as executive vice president of baseball development. He was one of the highest-ranking African-Americans in the commissioner’s office.

Tuesday, they named a replacement:

Robinson hit 586 home runs during a Hall of Fame career with the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Indians from 1956-76. Late in his playing career he became player-manager of the Indians, the first African-American fulltime manager, and managed for 16 years in the major leagues with the Tribe, the Giants, the Montreal Expos, and the Expos’ successor franchise, the Nationals, though his managerial career was not as successful as his playing career. He finished with an under-.500 record and never managed a team to a playoff spot.

Since retiring as a manager after 2006, he has done some work in the commissioner’s office and now, at age 76, takes on a fulltime role. Nightengale’s tweet says “president”, but this one says “vice president”:

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