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MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner has brain tumor

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Weiner, right, along with Bud Selig and Rob Manfred at the announcement of the new CBA. (Getty Images)

Major League Baseball Players Association executive direction Michael Weiner began treatment for a brain tumor Monday, the MLBPA announced Tuesday.

According to a press release, Weiner's treatment is expected to last about a month, and he plans to continue working during that time.

"Michael would like to thank in advance all those who join the Union staff and player membership in wishing him well as he undergoes his treatment, and he looks forward to making a full recovery," said the union in a statement.

Weiner, 50, took over the executive director job from Donald Fehr in December of 2009, after having previously been general counsel since 2004. The feather in Weiner's cap thus far during his tenure is how easily the MLBPA and MLB owners agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement this past offseason, which was announced November 22 and runs through the 2016 season. This was especially impressive in light of recent work stoppages in the NBA and NFL.

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig released the following statement:

“On behalf of Major League Baseball and the 30 Major League Clubs, I send my best wishes to Michael Weiner and his family. I have great respect and admiration for Michael, with whom we have had a very constructive relationship both professionally and personally. This relationship has been a great benefit to Baseball and has led to the tremendous success the game now enjoys. All of us look forward to Michael's full recovery and to his continued contributions to our game.”

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