Reps vote Weiner executive director
Fehr's replacement awaits approval by full membership
NEW YORK -- Player representatives have voted unanimously to name Michael Weiner the MLBPA's new executive director pending a vote by the union's full membership of players, managers, coaches and trainers.
The vote to preliminarily appoint Weiner to lead the Players Association took place during a teleconference on Tuesday. Although it is not required to do so, the Executive Board decided to put the selection to a full vote before it becomes final.
"Just as Major Leaguers, past and present, are very fortunate to have had Don Fehr at the helm of our union for the past 25 years, we're just as fortunate to have Michael Weiner poised and positioned to guide us into the future," MLBPA representative Mark Loretta said.
"With more than 20 years of experience attending to virtually every aspect of union affairs, the players believe that Michael is uniquely qualified to serve as our next executive director. We're confident the full membership will agree."
Weiner, 47, joined the MLBPA as counsel in 1988, two years after graduating from Harvard Law School, and has served the union's legal staff in a wide range of capacities. He was promoted to assistant general counsel in 1989 before rising to the role of associate general counsel. In 2004, he was named general counsel.
He has attended virtually every bargaining session since 1990, and in 1994, at age 32, had a prominent role in drafting and formulating bargaining positions.
Weiner was a lead negotiator for the PA during contract negotiations in 2002 and again in 2006. He also took a leading role in the 2005 negotiation of updates to the Joint Drug Agreement.
In addition to bargaining, Weiner has been thoroughly involved in all grievance hearings since 1989 and has been the PA's lead lawyer in salary arbitrations since the early 1990s.
Weiner will succeed Fehr, who announced on June 22 that he was leaving the position of executive director.
"I am honored to have the confidence and backing of the Executive Board, and I look forward to talking to the full membership to discuss the future of the union and answer any questions they may have," Weiner said.
Weiner will spend the next several weeks meeting with the players, managers, coaches and trainers who comprise the PA membership to explain his vision, discuss the tasks and challenges that lie ahead and to answer questions.
Assuming membership supports its choice, the Executive Board will convene after the season to formally appoint Weiner.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.