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MLBPA's Michael Weiner Remembered As Caring And Straightforward
Published November 25, 2013
REMEMBERANCES CONTINUE TO POUR IN: In N.Y., Joel Sherman writes Weiner "handled the worst days in a fashion we hope to handle the finest." Sherman: "For more than two decades, he did for me what he did for his players -- he made the intricate understandable. He never made me feel dumb. He accepted my devil’s advocate counterpoints not with hostility, but with a fertile mind ... and offered responses from two, three, five, seven different angles" (N.Y. POST, 11/25). In Boston, Nick Cafardo writes Weiner was a "wonderful guy who explained complicated things in a straightforward way" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/24). In Toronto, Richard Griffin wrote Weiner was "a baseball hero." He was the "most inherently caring person" in MLB (TORONTO STAR, 11/24). ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote, "My god, how he will be missed. The bulk of my conversations with Michael seems to come in the worst of times, when baseball and the work of baseball was never mentioned. ... We talked about his decision to continue his work. We talked about how this column ends ... and the human need, the instinct, to push ahead in the face of terrible tragedy. Like Michael's death. And today will be better than yesterday" (ESPN.com, 11/23).