Clark In Line To Be Deputy Union Chief 07/17/13
July 17, 2013
NEW YORK - Former major league first baseman Tony Clark, who joined the union staff in 2010 after a 15-year playing career, has emerged as the top contender for the deputy executive director at the baseball players union. Michael Weiner (WEE'-nur), the current executive director, is still on the job despite having been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and currently confined to a wheelchair.
Weiner took over from Donald Fehr (feer) in December 2009 to become the fourth head of the union since 1966. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last August and remains at work. The union will appoint a deputy executive director within two weeks, and the union's executive board will decide whether that deputy will succeed him. The executive board meets in La Jolla, Calif., from Dec. 2-5.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter says it's tough to see Weiner's health in decline. "But at the same time, he's happy. He doesn't want the sympathy, and he still wants to work," Hunter says.