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Former All-Star Tony Clark becomes No 2 official to ailing Michael Weiner in baseball union

Former major league All-Star Tony Clark has been promoted to deputy executive director of the baseball players' union, giving ailing head Michael Weiner a No. 2 official who could take over if his health worsens.

The 41-year-old Clark joined the union staff as director of player relations in March 2010. He assisted in collective bargaining the following year and was most recently director of player services.

Weiner took over from Donald Fehr in December 2009 to become the fourth head of the union since 1966. Weiner said last August that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and said last week that his condition deteriorated in June. He must use a wheelchair and cannot move his right side or right arm.

Clark's appointment was approved 26-0 Tuesday by the union's executive board.