Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, passed away Thursday following a 15-month bout with brain cancer. He was 51. Arizona Diamondbackers reliever Brad Zeigler, the team’s player rep, broke the news on Twitter.
Weiner took over for Donald Feher in December 2009. The baseball community has begun offering its condolences. From players to the media, Weiner was well-respected throughout the entire sport. Tony Clark, who retired in in 2009 after stints with six clubs, will succeed Weiner.
ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Jones wrote a nice story on Weiner’s determination to keep working, which ran in October. It’s worth giving a read.