Former Mets General Manager Minaya Joins Union as Senior Adviser

Omar Minaya, general manager of the New York Mets from 2005-10, is joining the Major League Baseball players union as a senior adviser.

Minaya, 56, will report to Executive Director Tony Clark, the MLB Players Association said today in an e-mailed release. A former player, coach, scout and executive, Minaya will focus on domestic game development and international affairs.

“I have long considered myself a players’ administrator with a complete belief that the players are not only the face of the game, but they provide the sport with its heart and soul,” Minaya said in the release.

The Dominican-born Minaya became the first Hispanic general manager in MLB history in 2002 when he was hired by the Montreal Expos. He spent three years in Montreal, helping the Expos to their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1993-94.

The Mets signed Carlos Beltran and Pedro Martinez in Minaya’s first year after he joined in 2005, and added Billy Wagner, Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca the following offseason. In 2006, New York won the National League East division for the first time in 18 years, coming one win away from a World Series berth.

The following year, the Mets had one of the biggest collapses in baseball history, missing the playoffs after holding a seven-game lead with 17 to play. Minaya later missed out on big contracts for players like Johan Santana and Jason Bay, and was relieved of his duties in Oct. 2010.

For the past three years, Minaya has been a senior vice president of baseball operations with the San Diego Padres.

“His vast and diverse knowledge of all aspects of the sport will afford the union and our members an unprecedented and invaluable level of expertise in any of a growing number of issues of importance to players, domestically and abroad,” Clark said in the release.

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