Long time big league first baseman Tony Clark has been unanimously voted in as the new executive director of the Major League Baseball Players' Association. He replaces Michael Weiner, who lost his fight with brain cancer two weeks ago.
"Tony has some big shoes to fill, but we're more than confident that he has the knowledge, experience and passion to serve as our next executive director," said free agent outfielder and MLBPA representative Curtis Granderson. "Tony has been actively involved in the last three rounds of bargaining, and his commitment to the brotherhood of players -- past, present and future -- makes him uniquely qualified to serve in this role."
Clark, 41, was named the MLBPA's deputy executive director in July, a position that was created in case Weiner was unable to continue working. He is the sixth executive director in MLBPA history and the first former player to hold the position. Clark will oversee all day-to-day aspects of the union's operations, including labor relations and business matters.
In parts of 15 big league seasons, Clark hit .262/.339/.485 (112 OPS+) with 251 home runs. He was an All-Star in 2001 and finished third in the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year voting. Clark played for the Tigers, Red Sox, Mets, Yankees, Diamondbacks and Padres.
Photo: Clark (center) with union representatives Jeremy Guthrie (left) and Granderson.