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Michael Weiner Says MLBPA Plans On Naming Deputy Exec Dir Within Weeks
Published July 17, 2013
BIG SHOES TO FILL: USA TODAY's Paul White writes the players "know the job will be difficult to fill." Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen said of Weiner, "He cares about the game of baseball and he wants everything to be fair." Rockies RF Michael Cuddyer: "The inspiration that he is, it's incredible. To be going through what he is, he'll go fight for what he believes is right. That's an extremely strong person" (USA TODAY, 7/17). Rangers P Joe Nathan: "It’s just awful to have it happen to him. He’s such a good guy; he’s such a brilliant mind. Every time I think about it, it’s like, ugh. It’s amazing to me that, through all of this, his concern has been about us. His concern has been for other people. I think he just needs to almost take a step back, do some things for himself. Enjoy his time now.” In N.Y., Tyler Kepner notes replacing Weiner is a possibility "none of the members wants to confront -- especially, it seems, at a crucial moment for the players" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/17). Tigers RF Torii Hunter said: "Spring training, he's walking and talking. To see him in a wheelchair in three months, that's tough. He don't want the sympathy, and he still wants to work. That's why nobody's stepped in. You gotta admire a guy like that" (DETROIT NEWS, 7/17).
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME: MLB.com's Barry Bloom noted it has been "less than a year" since Weiner was diagnosed with the tumor. Bloom: "We have all watched him deteriorate in front of our eyes." But he "wanted to be here for this All-Star weekend because as an attorney and head of the union, he absolutely adores the game, which excites us in times of strength and gives us solace when we are weak." Bloom told Weiner, "You've given it a great fight." Weiner responded, "That's the only way I know to go about it" (MLB.com, 7/16).