UPDATE (5:00pm ET) - Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of Don Fehr, the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association:
“For more than 25 years, Don has represented his constituency with passion, loyalty and great diligence. Although we have had our differences, I have always respected his role. In recent years, we have worked together to find common ground for the betterment of the game, which will have resulted in 16 years of unprecedented labor peace by the end of our current collective bargaining agreement. We hope to continue to build upon the game’s prosperity as we work with the new leadership of the Players Association. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I wish Don great health and success in the future.”
UPDATE: According to the New York Daily News, Fehr notified player reps earlier today:
Fehr, 60, told players about his decision during a conference call on Monday afternoon, according a source briefed on the call. "He has a clause in his contract that requires he give nine months notice," said the source. "And he did that."
Fehr, who told the player reps on the phone call that he has been "doing this for 32 years and it's time to go," is expected to be replaced by general counsel Michael Weiner. Fehr began representing the union in 1975, joined its staff in 1977 and became executive director ten years later.
Donald Fehr is stepping down as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). Fehr has held the position since taking over for Marvin Miller in 1983, and is the making him only one of two union heads since its modern day formation in 1965. Miller hired Fehr in 1977 as the union's general counsel.
Ironically, Fehr will be replaced by the MLBPA's current General Counsel Michael Weiner, who joined the Players Association in September 1988.
More details are expected shortly by the MLBPA.
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