Clark 1st ex-big leaguer to run MLB players' union

Clark 1st ex-big leaguer to run MLB players' union
Tony Clark, the newly named Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, answers questions during a news conference at the organizations' annual meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tony Clark has become the first former big leaguer to lead the baseball players' union, pending a vote by the general membership.

The MLBPA's executive board voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Clark to replace Michael Weiner, who died Nov. 22 of brain cancer.

Clark was an All-Star in 2001 and played for 15 seasons with Detroit, Arizona, the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston and San Diego.

He went to high school in the San Diego area and later played basketball at San Diego State. Clark says he intends to carry out Weiner's vision and "to continue to bring our fraternity together."

Jeremy Guthrie of the Kansas City Royals calls this "a unique time" for the union and says he can't think of a former player who's as prepared, intelligent, powerful and knowledge as Clark to take the job.