Former Mariners great Nelson Cruz has a new job with MLB

May 17, 2024, 10:41 PM | Updated: May 18, 2024, 12:59 pm

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Nelson Cruz after throwing out the first pitch at Seattle Mariners opening day in 2024. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

(AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz was hired by Major League Baseball on Friday as a special adviser for baseball operations.

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The seven-time All-Star, who turns 44 on July 1, will focus mainly on Latin American topics that include the Dominican Republic and increasing player relations.

“Nelson Cruz is a respected voice in the game,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement, “Nelson is passionate about growing the game and improving issues for players and our sport as a whole. He will be a resource to many people across our game, especially in the Dominican Republic.”

Cruz hit .274 with 464 homers, 1,325 RBIs and an .856 OPS over 19 seasons with Milwaukee (2005), Texas (2006-13), Baltimore (2014), Seattle (2015-18), Tampa Bay (2021), Washington (2022) and San Diego (2023).

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Most of Cruz’s best years came with Texas and Seattle. After the Mariners signed Cruz to a four-year deal ahead of the 2015 season, he slashed .284/.362/.546 (.908 OPS) with 163 home runs and 414 RBIs in 606 games. He averaged 41 home runs and 104 RBIs per season with Seattle, as well as 44 homers and 111 RBIs every 162 games. Cruz was an All-Star three times and won two Silver Sluggers during his Seattle tenure. He also finished in the top 15 in American League MVP voting three times while with the M’s.

He won the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award for character, community involvement and philanthropy.

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