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Forty Under 40

Major League Baseball’s new five-year labor deal arrived late last year after virtually no public discord between players and management, but arguably with the most sweeping set of changes ever to hit the game. From how amateur talent is acquired to the postseason format, realignment to new competitive balance tax structures, the new agreement is rife with major alterations to the game’s rules and regulations.

Chris Park, the league’s deputy general counsel and vice president for labor economics, quietly played a significant role helping Commissioner Bud Selig; Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president; and MLB’s labor policy committee develop its bargaining proposals and construct the deal. In particular, Park provided substantial insight on player benefits and compensation, revenue sharing and the competitive balance tax.

Park’s wide scope of duties also includes MLB efforts to curb dangerous shattering of maple bats, assisting clubs on player arbitration proceedings, and labor negotiations with other entities such as the World Umpires Association.

“This labor deal included a very comprehensive set of changes that were the product of a concerted effort to improve the working relationship between the two sides, and the working conditions for players and clubs alike,” Park said. “There are several new things in this agreement that will have very far-reaching effects.”

Age: 32
Titles: Vice president, labor economics and deputy general counsel, labor
Organization: Major League Baseball
Education: B.A., Harvard College, 2001; J.D., Harvard Law School, 2004
Family: Single
Career: Law clerk to Judge Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; McKinsey & Co.; Major League Baseball
FIRST JOB: Intern at City Journal photography department
Last vacation: Japan
what's on your ipod? Das Racist, B.o.B., Yo-Yo Ma
Guilty pleasure: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Best stress release: Distance running, usually in Central Park
Pet peeve: Jargon
Fantasy job: Winter X Games champion
WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT: Pondering how to answer questions like this
Business advice: Think and write concisely.