Tony Clark, a longtime major league first baseman, was selected Tuesday as deputy executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Assn. The appointment puts Clark in line to succeed union chief Michael Weiner, who is fighting brain cancer, when Weiner can no longer work because of his illness.
Clark served as a player representative in various union matters from 1999 through the end of his career in 2009. Upon his retirement, he joined the union as director of player relations.
The MLBPA executive board approved his appointment in a 26-0 vote Tuesday, the union said in a news release. Weiner said at a news conference last week that the union was within a week or two of finalizing "a plan that will deal with having a deputy executive director that will succeed me."