Former MLB first baseman Tony Clark has officially been named as the Executive Director of the MLBPA, according to a press release by the group on Tuesday afternoon. Clark formally takes on the role of succeeding Michael Weiner, who passed away this past month from brain cancer.
With Weiner’s health deteriorating, Clark was installed as the Deputy Director of the MLBPA this past July. This new position was created in order to ensure a smooth transition in the event that Weiner’s conditioned worsened. Knowing how public his battle had become, it was widely expected that Clark would eventually step up and replace him.
Perhaps what’s most notable here is the fact that Clark is the first former player to hold the lead position within the MLBPA, long believed to be one of the strongest player’s unions in all of professional sports. The 6’8” first baseman spent parts of 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, appearing in 1,559 games. His career batting line was a respectable .262/.339/.485 in just over 5,100 PA with 251 HR. Most of his career was spent with the Detroit Tigers but he also saw time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, and New York Yankees.