MLB players' union head Michael Weiner dies at 51

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012, file photo, Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks during a news conference in New York. Weiner, the plain-speaking, ever-positive labor lawyer who took over as head of the powerful baseball players' union four years ago and smoothed the group's perennially contentious relationship with management, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 15 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
November 21, 2013 4:54:40 PM PST
Baseball players' union head Michael Weiner has died 15 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51.

The union says Weiner died Thursday at his home in Mansfield Township, N.J.

Weiner was a plain-speaking labor lawyer known for his casual dress and easygoing manner. He took over as head of the powerful union four years ago and helped smooth its often-contentious relationship with MLB management.

A succession plan was put in place last summer that will lead to former big league All-Star Tony Clark taking over Weiner's role as executive director.


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