MLBPA keeps Tony Clark and extends executive director until 2027


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Clark, who had a 15-year career in the big league, helped negotiate the players’ current labor agreement with MLB.

FILE – Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark answers a question during a news conference in New York on March 11, 2022. AP Photo/Richard Drew, File

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has voted to extend executive director Tony Clark’s contract through 2027.

Clark, 50 – who had a 15-year career in the big league, mostly with the Tigers and Diamondbacks – helped negotiate the players’ current labor agreement with MLB. After several months of contentious negotiations, the MLBPA and MLB agreed to the new deal in March, which saved a full 162-game season.

The MLBPA confirmed Clark’s extension on Tuesday.

The five-year extension means Clark is also able to lead the players on their next contract. The current contract is due to expire after the 2026 season.

Clark has had a busy past few years, helping guide players through the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season. He also helped the union add thousands more players after the minor leaguers voted to join the MLBPA earlier this year.

The Athletic first reported the news of Clark’s extension.



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