Michael Weiner, the extremely popular and universally respected head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, passed away on Thursday after a battle with brain cancer. Weiner’s health had declined in recent years, though it didn’t stop him from working a full schedule during the 2013 season. Weiner was 51.
Weiner took over from Donald Fehr as MLBPA executive director in 2009 after serving as an attorney for the union since 1988. His passing has generated an outpouring of sympathy and fond remembrances from across the baseball world. Major League Baseball has seen an extended run of labor peace after years of turbulent negotiations and work stoppages and Weiner was a part of the culture that moved relations away from the scorched-earth days of the past.