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Michael Weiner, R.I.P

Major League Baseball Players Association head Michael Weiner passed away at his New Jersey home after a 15-month bout with inoperable brain cancer. He was 51.

Weiner had been head of the MLBPA since 2009, replacing Don Fehr. The landmark of Weiner’s time as union chief is the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, which will have kept baseball free of labor stoppages for 21 years by the time it expires in 2016. Among other things, the agreement introduced HGH testing in baseball.

Former MLB player Tony Clark will now take over as interim director of the MLBPA.

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Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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