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Tony Clark 1st former big leaguer to head Major League Baseball Players Association

FILE - In this July 16, 2013 file photo, Major League Baseball Players Association Director of Player Services Tony Clark speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Clark is expected to be approved as executive director of the baseball players' union following the death of Michael Weiner. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

FILE - In this July 16, 2013 file photo, Major League Baseball Players Association Director of Player Services Tony Clark speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Clark is expected to be approved as executive director of the baseball players' union following the death of Michael Weiner. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)  (The Associated Press)

Tony Clark has become the first former big leaguer to lead the baseball players' union, pending a vote by the general membership.

The MLBPA's executive board voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Clark to replace Michael Weiner, who died Nov. 22 of brain cancer.

Clark was an All-Star in 2001 and played for 15 seasons with Detroit, Arizona, the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston and San Diego.

He went to high school in the San Diego area and later played basketball at San Diego State. Clark says he intends to carry out Weiner's vision and "to continue to bring our fraternity together."

Jeremy Guthrie of the Kansas City Royals calls this "a unique time" for the union and says he can't think of a former player who's as prepared, intelligent, powerful and knowledge as Clark to take the job.