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Dave Winfield joins MLBPA as special assistant

Dec 5, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

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According to the Associated Press, Hall of Famer Dave Winfield has joined the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) as a special assistant to new executive director Tony Clark.

Clark, who played 15 seasons in the majors, was officially appointed to the position of executive director this week following the death of Michael Weiner last month. He is the first former player to hold the position.

Below is a statement from Winfield, courtesy of a press release from the MLBPA:

“As a former union leader, I’m thrilled to be joining the ranks of the most accomplished and respected sports union in the country to help provide a generational link and historical perspective to today’s players,” stated Winfield. “I have participated in nearly every aspect of the game, and I look forward to putting that experience to good use in support of Tony Clark and various MLBPA activities and initiatives.”

Winfield was a player representative in 15 out of his 22 seasons in the majors and was a founding member of the advisory board of the Major League Baseball Players Trust after his retirement. He has also served as an executive vice president and senior advisor for the Padres since 2001.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    I hope someone did an excessive amount of research and investigation into him before hiring him.

    And if not, they better do it long after hiring him.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      OK, bucky, what exactly are you concerned we’ll learn about Mr Winfield, that his extensive charitable work is greater than already known, or that some hits were overlooked and his total should really be more than 3,110?

      • Kevin S. - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        Pretty sure that was a Howie Spira reference.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        No Kevin.

        It was the charitable work thing.

        I didn’t know about the hits thing, so that just goes to show how important these background checks can be.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        I don’t even know what a Howie Spira is.

        A gyro sandwich of some sort?

      • Kevin S. - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        Howie Spira was the gambler Steinbrenner hired to dig up dirt on Winfield in an effort to void his contract. When you mentioned the long after hiring him part, I figured that’s what you were going for.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        Jesus Christ.

      • righthandofjustice - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        It is funny to see how naive sport commentators nowadays are. A-Rod is not the first one who reached out to the world beyond baseball to fight for injustice power abusing baseball clowns have applied to him.

        For the record, Dave Winfield has done the unthinkable more than 20 years ago. He got the presumably untouchable Boss Steinbrenner suspended from baseball.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        No one is talking about A-Rod.

        At least not on this line of the thread.

      • righthandofjustice - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        tfbuckfutter, you must be really delusional. Look at the message just below this one!

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Or you could look at the last line of the top above you.

        Or learn how to reply to the proper postings.

      • righthandofjustice - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Or you can look at what you wrote and learn to pray: “Jesus Christ”.

        But like Steinbrenner and the other MLB clowns don’t expect to get any heavenly help!

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        I was expressing disbelief after Kevin missed my sarcasm and proceeded to explain precisely what I was referring to.

        And thank you for the spiritual advice. I will look into that.

  2. rbj1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    A-Rod has to be smiling. The union is hiring a player whom management got in bed with sleazy characters to defame is now in the position to defend a player whom management got in bed with sleazy characters to defame.

    I don’t mind Alex being suspended, but Bud Selig and Rob Manfred should face the same punishment as George Steinbrenner: lifetime suspensions — only this time with no dropping it to a two year suspension.

  3. righthandofjustice - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Winfield is no stranger in fighting baseball clowns who spread lies and defamatory statements against players.

    George Steinbrenner is probably rolling in his grave now.

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:19 PM


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    2002 123
    2003 115
    2004 126 125
    2005 136 116
    2006 154 98
    2007 137 115
    2008 149 103
    2009 137 114
    2010 134 118
    2011 131 121
    2012 142 110

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