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Frank Robinson expected to be MLB's next VP of baseball development

Hall of Famer and former Oriole Frank Robinson is expected to become MLB's next executive vice president, baseball development, after Jimmie Lee Solomon was fired.

June 10, 2012|By Phil Rogers
  • Former Baltimore Orioles outfielder and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson threw out a ceremonial first pitch in April.
Former Baltimore Orioles outfielder and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson threw… (Patrick Semansky / Associated…)

Look for Frank Robinson to replace Jimmie Lee Solomon, who was fired last week from his position as MLB's executive vice president, baseball development. Robinson would be on equal footing with Joe Torre, who returned to his position as executive vice president, baseball operations, after being part of an unsuccessful attempt to buy the Dodgers....

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progers@tribune.com

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