Former White Sox outfielder confirmed as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand
Former MLB player named ambassador to New Zealand
Mark Gilbert -- a former Major League outfielder -- is set to become the first former MLB player to be a credentialed United States ambassador.
In 1985, Gilbert appeared in seven games for Tony La Russa's White Sox, going 6-for-22 with four walks and three runs batted in.
The following season, Gilbert earned a starting spot in Boca Raton, Fla. ... as sales manager at Drexel Burnham Lambert investment firm. Stints with Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers left him in positon to enter the world of politics.
Gilbert served as the deputy national finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee before President Barack Obama appointed him to be the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand. The U.S. Senate confirmed Gilbert with voice vote on Friday.