Found November 21, 2013 on NESN.com:
NEW YORK, NY – Michael Weiner, the plain-speaking, ever-positive labor lawyer who took over as head of the powerful baseball players’ union four years ago and smoothed its perennially contentious relationship with management, died Thursday, 15 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51. The Major League Players Association said Weiner died at his home in Mansfield Township, N.J. Earlier in the day, New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera praised Weiner. “Michael is a tremendous person. That’s why everybody loves him,” Rivera said. “He can relate with every player and had time to talk with every player.” As Weiner’s health deteriorated this summer, a succession plan was put in place. Former big league All-Star Tony Clark took over Thursday as acting executive director and is to be approved as Weiner’s successor when the union’s board meets from Dec. 2-5 at La Jolla, Calif. “Words cannot describe the love and affection that the players hav...
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