Former first baseman Tony Clark has long been actively involved in the MLB Player’s Association, serving as a player rep during his playing career and working closely with the organization since his retirement following the 2009 season. Clark was introduced today as the MLBPA’s Deputy Executive Director, a newly created position in which he’ll work closely alongside the current Executive Director Michael Weiner.
The move puts Clark in line to replace Weiner, who’s battling an inoperable brain tumor and who’s remaining tenure with the organization remains uncertain. Establishing who’ll eventually replace Weiner is an important step for the MLBPA, as it’s long been unclear what their plans were going to be if and when Weiner must step back from the role altogether. There has been a fair amount of speculation that such a move could come sooner rather than later, as Weiner’s doctors have not given him much time due to the severity of his condition.
He released a statement through the MLBPA on Clark’s appointment:
Tony’s rise within the Union will come as no surprise to those who know him. 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. I look forward to working closely with Tony as together we represent the interests of the players.
Clark batted .262/.339/.485 with 251 HR over a 15 year career that saw him play with the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, and San Diego Padres.