Griffey named public diplomacy envoy

November 19, 2008 8:24:26 AM PST
He played for the White Sox part of last season, Now , ken Griffey Jr. will play a new role-- public diplomacy envoy. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice named Griffey to the position Tuesday. He'll join baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr, US figure skating superstar Michelle Kwan and actress Fran Drescher as envoys who help polish Washington's image abroad.

The White Sox traded for Griffey late last season, but declined his option for next season, making him a free agent.