Newly retired MLB star Albert Pujols will remain close to the sport, as he was named as a special assistant to commissioner Robert Manfred on Monday.
With this new role, the former Cardinals and Angels first baseman will work on various topics around the major leagues, but he will mainly focus on player relations and issues associated with his home country of the Dominican Republic.
Additionally, Pujols will work as an on-air analyst for MLB Network.
“I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter of my career,” Pujols said, via MLB’s press release. “Commissioner Manfred and I share the same passion for growing the game in the Dominican Republic, and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together. I’m also grateful for the opportunity to join the MLB Network family. I’ve been a huge fan since the very beginning and can’t wait to get started.”
After a 22-year career, Albert Pujols is joining the league office as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner.— MLB (@MLB) June 5, 2023
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Pujols played his 22nd and final MLB season last year. He spent 12 seasons with the Cardinals, 10 with the Angels and one season with the Dodgers. The 43-year-old ended his career with the Cardinals in 2022. He helped St. Louis win World Series titles in 2006 and ’11.
Pujols recorded 703 career home runs, which ranks as the most by any MLB player born outside the United States. He also ranks 10th on the all-time hits list with 3,384.
Pujols earned 11 All-Star selections, three National League MVP awards, two Gold Glove awards and six Silver Slugger awards over the course of his illustrious career.