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MLBPA's Michael Weiner misses World Series as he fights brain cancer

October 23, 2013|By Bill Shaikin
  • Michael Weiner continues to work at the players' union offices in New York.
Michael Weiner continues to work at the players' union offices in… (Frank Franklin II / Associated…)

BOSTON -- Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Assn., is not in attendance at the World Series as he continues his fight against brain cancer.

The travel from his New York home had become too arduous, said Tony Clark, MLBPA deputy executive director. Clark said Weiner would follow the World Series on television.

"He's engaged and watching the games," Clark said.

Weiner last appeared in public at the All-Star game, in a wheelchair. He had lost control of his right side. At the time, he explained why he did not mind if all the world saw him in that condition.

"I don't know if I will be able to do this again. If the doctors' prognostications and numbers are right, I probably won't," Weiner said then, in mid-July. "Because of that, I want to be wherever I can be."

Clark said Weiner still works at the MLBPA offices, although not every day. When Weiner does come into the office, Clark said, he has a New York City apartment available to him so he does not need to make the commute to his New Jersey home.

Clark said he is gratified -- but not amazed -- by the outpouring of concern and support for Weiner at the World Series, and within the baseball community in general.

"He and his family have been a part of baseball for three decades now," Clark said. "It's not surprising that people want to come and support him in the fight he's having."


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