Baseball mourns the passing of Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). The 51-year-old died on Thursday after being diagnosed with inoperable brain tumor in 2012. He had been working for the MLBPA since 1988 and had succeeded Don Fehr as executive director in 2009. Former Major Leaguer Tony Clark took over as acting executive director.
“Words cannot describe the love and affection that the players have for Michael, nor can they describe the level of sadness we feel today,” Clark said in a statement. “Not only has the game lost one of its most important and influential leaders in this generation, all involved in the game have lost a true friend.”
By Major League Baseball:
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Michael Weiner, the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association:
“All of Major League Baseball mourns the loss of Michael Weiner, a gentleman, a family man, and an extraordinarily talented professional who earned the trust of his membership and his peers throughout the national pastime. Our strong professional relationship was built on a foundation of respect and a shared commitment to finding fair solutions for our industry. I appreciated Michael’s tireless, thoughtful leadership of the Players and his pivotal role in the prosperous state of Baseball today.
“Michael was a courageous human being, and the final year of his remarkable life inspired so many people in our profession. On behalf of Major League Baseball and our 30 Clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Michael’s wife Diane, their three daughters, his colleagues at the MLBPA and his many friends and admirers throughout the game he served with excellence.”
By World Baseball Softball Confederation:
Upon learning of the passing of Mr. Michael Weiner, Executive Director of Major League Baseball Players Association (MLPBA), WBSC-co President Riccardo Fraccari issued the following statement:
“The World Baseball Softball Confederation is very saddened to learn of the loss of Michael Weiner.
“Mr. Weiner was a gentleman and true professional whose mindful and personal approach, in his distinguished service to the athletes he represented, gained him the trust, respect and admiration of his colleagues and all those who had the fortune to know him. He was an inspirational person and a great man of understanding.
“On behalf of the entire World Baseball Softball Confederation, I express my deepest sympathies to Mr. Weiner’s family, friends, colleagues and to all those to have been touched by him.”