Michael Weiner Newsbeat
Thursday, December 05, 2013
First union exec in the Hall Of Fame.
Winfield spent 15 of his 22 big league seasons as a player representative. He also served as a founding member of the advisory board of the Major League Baseball Players Trust, which was founded in 1996.
“As a former union leader, I’m thrilled to be joining the ranks of the most accomplished and respected sports union in the country to help provide a generational link and historical perspective to today’s players,” said Winfield in a statement Thursday.
Friday, November 29, 2013
The children “adored” Michael Weiner, the retired rabbi related. That would be Mr. Weiner the Sunday school teacher. He was also the fellow who headed the baseball players’ union until his death from brain cancer Nov. 21, but it’s highly unlikely that many of his union members knew him as the teacher of fourth and fifth graders at the Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey in Washington, N.J.michael-weiner-225
Rabbi Ellen Lewis, who recently retired after 19 years at the temple, told me about one of Weiner’s students.
“There is a young boy coming up for bar mitzvah this year,” she wrote in an e-mail from Japan, “who considered moving his date earlier so Mr. Weiner could be there. Since each child chooses a mitzvah project during the 7th grade year, this boy chose Voices against Brain Cancer because he wanted to help Mr. Weiner.”
Voices actually became a school-wide project a year ago for its annual 5K run-walk when the organization honored Weiner. The temple had one of the largest teams, if not the largest, in this year’s event, which was held just four days before Weiner died.
Posted: November 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
Monday, November 25, 2013
Hundreds of mourners, including commissioner Bud Selig and embattled Yankee Alex Rodriguez, journeyed to Paramus, N.J., on a bitterly cold Sunday and packed Robert Schoem’s Menorah Chapel for the memorial service of Michael Weiner, the late executive director of baseball’s Players’ Association.
Weiner, who died Thursday at 51 from brain cancer — he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in August 2012 — was eulogized by his wife, Diane Margolin, and Rabbi Mary Zamore in a 40-minute service that included proinent names from all corners of baseball. They included Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, super agent Scott Boras, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, former Mets GM Omar Minaya, Mets PR chief Jay Horwitz, MLB COO Rob Manfred and former players David Cone, Al Leiter, Bobby Bonilla and Frank Thomas. Don Fehr, Weiner’s predecessor (and now the NHL’s union chief) as well as Tony Clark, Weiner’s successor, also attended.
“I’ve been thinking about how to address you on this occasion since August of ’12, when an aggressive, cancerous tumor invaded Mike’s brain. I imagined this day to be far, far off, but I knew it was coming. And I knew when it would come, I knew you’d come, because you loved Mike, and because you know how much Mike would want us to be here together,” [his widow] Margolin said. “Our Mike, he lived an intentional, mindful, truthful and honest life, and I need all those words to say it, and I need to say it again. Our Mike, he lived an intentional, mindful, truthful and honest life. And this led to much happiness for him and all of us around him.”
Posted: November 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM | 4 comment(s)
Friday, October 04, 2013
There is nothing mystical about Weiner. He is a 51-year-old man dying too young from cancer in his brain. Whenever that tumor finally takes him, he will leave behind all of the people in those photographs on his wall. He will leave behind the players he’s represented in some capacity for 25 years. They will hang his portrait in the boardroom next to those of Marvin Miller and Curt Flood, other legends of labor, and he will remain present in many ways, in hearts and in history books, but in the most real way he will be gone, and it will be cancer’s fault. That is how this story will end.
Just a beautifully written piece about the most impressive man I’ve ever been lucky enough to know.
Posted: October 04, 2013 at 12:36 PM | 1 comment(s)
Friday, August 30, 2013
The union believed they were weaponizing guarantee language to use against the players. Maybe this was excessive worry, but even with nearly two decades of labor peace, the union refuses to trust in whatever the best intentions of teams may be. Just as players would look to exploit loopholes to their advantages, teams would do the same.
And in this case, the union believed this sort of guarantee language was leading to an unthinkable place, one where teams are going to try to turn a baseball contract into a football contract….
Take, for example, section C(2) of the Cubs’ guarantee language. It says the Cubs may convert a player’s contract “If Player is injured in any Prohibited Activity.”
The prohibited activities are as follows:
“(A)uto racing, motorcycling, piloting, co-piloting, learning to operate, or serving as a crew member of, an aircraft, being a passenger in a single engine airplane or private plane, hot air ballooning, parachuting, skydiving, hang gliding, bungee jumping, horseback riding, horse racing, harness racing, fencing, boxing, wrestling, karate, judo, jujitsu, any other form of martial arts activity, use of an All Terrain Vehicle (‘ATV’), skiing (water or snow), snowmobiling, bobsledding, luging, ice hockey, ice boating, field hockey, squash, spelunking, basketball, football, softball, white water canoeing or rafting, kayaking, jai-alai, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, rodeo, bicycle racing, motor boat racing, polo, rugby, rodeo, handball, volleyball, in-line or other roller skating, surfing, hunting, paddleball, racquetball, archery, wood chopping, mountain climbing, boating, any weightlifting not prescribed by or approved in advance by Club (said approval not to be unreasonably withheld), participation in the ‘Superteams’ or ‘Superstars’ activities (or any like activity) or other made-for-television or made-for-motion picture athletic competitions, or any other sport, activity, or negligent act involving a reasonably foreseeable substantial risk of personal injury or death.”
Twerking, apparently, is the only thing a baseball player is allowed to do.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Speaking Tuesday to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Weiner said a No. 2 will be appointed “within a week or two.”
He also said former union head Donald Fehr and No. 2 Gene Orza will not return to the union.
Not that we need another brain cancer thread today, but…
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