Posted November 21, 2013

Michael Weiner, MLB players’ union head, dies at 51

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Michael Weiner died Thursday at the age of 51. He is often credited with smoothing the MLBPA's relationship with baseball management. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Michael Weiner died Thursday at the age of 51. He is often credited with smoothing the MLBPA’s relationship with baseball management. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Major League Baseball Players’ Association executive director Michael Weiner died Thursday after a 15-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51 years old.

Weiner took over as head of the players’ association four years ago, succeeding Donald Fehr. He is credited with aiding in improving the union’s relationship with baseball management.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement announcing his death:

“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.”

Last summer, the players’ association announced a succession plan that will have former big league All-Star Tony Clark taking over for Weiner as executive director.


12 comments
Youravgjoe
Youravgjoe

As a baseball fan, I watched the games labor relations closely. It was always clear that Mr. Wiener was leading the union with integrity and honor. A lot of the game's success, can be attributed to his dedication and efforts. Baseball took a huge loss today with Mr. Weiner's passing. 

EarlMalmsteen
EarlMalmsteen

truly truly sad to see anyone go in that way

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

This is sad in that Mr Weiner was someone who truly cared about the game of baseball and was a fair person to deal with from everything I have read about the man. Well respected around the league with players and owners. 51 yrs is too young. Rest in peace.

Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury
Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury

RIP Mr Michael Weiner. My prayer is hope for peace & inner healing comfort for the Weiner Family & his Loved Ones at this most difficult personal time period they are going through

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

So is yours considering you just cursed my dead mother so hows that make you any better?... My thoughts exactly, take it easy cause I could rip into you for what you just said about my relative but I will take the higher road

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

I walk, I breathe, I live... quite comfortably I might add... So go eat a fat one with ur wanna be politically correct self... None of us knew the man and while I feel for the family and those who knew him because I too know about loss.. Who is this gump above to "Good" bless someone hence why I made the comment. A little humor in an unfortunate circumstance cabron.