Tony Clark has been named deputy executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, a new position that will feature more interaction with union head Michael Weiner.
Clark, who played 15 MLB seasons, was unanimously approved yesterday on a conference call, the MLBPA said in an e-mailed release. Michael Weiner, the union’s executive director, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last August and spoke to reporters from last week’s All-Star Game from a wheelchair.
“I am honored by this appointment and consider it a privilege to be in a position to work more closely with Michael Weiner,” Clark, 41, said in the release. “I also look forward to continue working with all our members and the entire union staff, and together we will maintain our standing as one of the best labor organizations in the country.”
Clark joined the MLBPA in March 2010 as director of player relations. In his time with the union, he has helped negotiate the league’s most recent labor agreement and expanded the MLBPA’s membership communication and education, the release said.
“Tony’s rise within the union will come as no surprise to those who know him,” Weiner said in the release. “It was clear from the moment Tony joined the MLBPA that his on-field experience and passion for the fraternity of players would make him a tremendous advocate for all who play the game.”
An All-Star in 2001, Clark was a career .262 hitter with six franchises, including the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets and New York Yankees. He retired during the 2009 season.
As a player Clark was active in the union, first as a team player representative and later as one of the union’s two association representatives, the most senior player-leadership position at the MLBPA. He was involved in collective bargaining negotiations as a player in 2002 and 2006, as well as talks that sculpted the league’s current drug policy.
Weiner, 51, succeeded Donald Fehr as the union’s executive director in 2009. He said last week that his symptoms have worsened, according to the Associated Press.