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Tony Clark officially voted in as Executive Director of the MLBPA

Mar 27, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

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Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have “overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now official.

Clark takes over at a strange time for the union. With new rules changes, a gigantic influx of TV money once again highlighting both the high financial stakes at play and the considerable amount of income disparity between various teams and with the subject of PEDs and their proper punishment creating the biggest potential wedge in the players’ historical solidarity, his job is not an easy one.

  1. clemente2 - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Tony Clark already failed on the union’s obligations to its players under the JDA with respect to A-Rod. If I was a player, I’d be working to get someone in who took the job seriously. Every labor lawyer knows that submitting to interpretations of bargained agreements in favor of ‘unwritten’ authority is ground it takes years to make up, and is applied to all sorts of situations for which it was not originally meant.

    The players may not know because of their relatively flush times, but they are being squeezed, both as to their part of the pie and as to their employee rights and protections.

    Mr. Clark is a fail already. More to come.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      I think Weiner actually baked that cake before Clark took over. He said a lot of things last summer that really undercut A-Rod in my opinion. I realize he was not 100% last year, but it did a lot of damage.

      • okobojicat - Mar 27, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        I think the fault on the A-ROD Fiasco lies with the rest of the players, not with the Exec Director. The players wanted to punish AROD and if Clark or Weiner got in the way of that, they would’ve been in trouble with their clientele.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        I don’t think there is anyone NOT to blame for that entire situation. Commissioner, Union, Clark, Weiner, Alex, the players as a whole, even the media. NOTHING went the way it should have, and everyone involved in the process came out dirty and should hang their heads in shame. Different people have different levels of responsibility, and it’s not fair to put it all on the feet of any one person.

      • clemente2 - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Just to be clear—not laying it all at Clark’s feet—but this post is about him. Though Weiner also did the same, Clark had his own chances, wasn’t able to negotiate the (admittedly tricky) space between A-Rod’s crazy approach and the union’s duties. He could have done a ‘not defending A-Rob, but this penalty for a first time finding is wrong under the JDA is wrong, and the union will sue to stop it’ and he did not.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      While I don’t believe the fault is entirely at Clark’s feet, the problem and the ramifications certainly are, and it should be job number 1 for him to fix. Next up is this stupid draft pick compensation rule being applied to free agents and the general salary disparity and sometimes painfully obvious collusion by owners looking to keep salaries down. Also he should look in to how the service time is being calculated as teams such as the Astros are obviously holding back players from starting their careers in order to retain one years additional control over the player. Then look at player safety and long term strength and viability of the Untion, which currently seems very fractured.

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