Dodgers statement on passing of MLBPA head Michael Weiner

Patrick McDermott

Weiner worked with the players association since 1988 and served as executive director since December 2009. He was 51 years old.

The Major League Baseball Players Association lost executive director Michael Weiner on Thursday, after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. Weiner was 51.

Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten released a statement about Weiner's passing.

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Michael Weiner, with whom I had the pleasure of working for many years," Kasten said. "I had so much respect for him and admired his leadership of the players and Players Association. He was truly a great individual, a brilliant lawyer and a thoroughly decent person. All of baseball, labor and management, has suffered a great loss. Michael was always viewed as the path to a reasonable resolution. He will be missed. The Dodgers and I send our deepest condolences to Michael's family."

MLB commissioner Bud Selig also issued a statement regarding Weiner, who led the MLBPA since December 2009.

"All of Major League Baseball mourns the loss of Michael Weiner, a gentleman, a family man, and an extraordinarily talented professional who earned the trust of his membership and his peers throughout the national pastime. Our strong professional relationship was built on a foundation of respect and a shared commitment to finding fair solutions for our industry. I appreciated Michael’s tireless, thoughtful leadership of the Players and his pivotal role in the prosperous state of Baseball today.

"Michael was a courageous human being, and the final year of his remarkable life inspired so many people in our profession. On behalf of Major League Baseball and our 30 Clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Michael’s wife Diane, their three daughters, his colleagues at the MLBPA and his many friends and admirers throughout the game he served with excellence."

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