Former All-Star first baseman Albert Pujols has been named special assistant to Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, the league announced Monday.

Pujols will consult on topics including player relations and issues regarding his home country, the Dominican Republic.

“Beyond his long list of accomplishments on the field, Albert is a highly respected figure who represents the game extraordinarily well,” Manfred said in a statement, per FanSided’s Robert Murray. “He cares greatly about making a difference in our communities. We are excited for Albert to join other former players who are doing important work for our sport, and we will welcome his perspective across our efforts.”

Pujols retired at the end of the 2022 season after an incredible 22-year career, which saw him reach the illustrious 700-home run club.

The future Hall of Famer expressed excitement about the opportunity to work with the league in a different capacity.

“I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter of my career,” Pujols said. “Commissioner Manfred and I share the same passion for growing the game in the Dominican Republic, and I look forward to what we can accomplish together.”

Pujols will also serve as an analyst for MLB Network as part of his responsibilities. He made his announcing debut as part of the broadcast crew for Sunday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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