Union head Michael Weiner treated for brain tumor

Michael Weiner, who succeeded Donald Fehr as head of the

baseball players’ union three years ago and negotiated a labor deal

last fall in a seamless transition, is undergoing treatment for a

brain tumor.

The union said Tuesday that he began treatments on Monday and

that they are expected to last about one month. The union said it

anticipates he will continue to work from its New York office on a

daily basis during the treatments.

”It’s shocking,” Toronto pitcher Carlos Villaneuva said. ”We

told him, take care of himself first, which is the most important

part of it all. I know he’s going to want to go into the office

every day and keep track of everything.

”It’s just the way his brain is wired. He was more concerned

about us when we had our discussion about it. There were maybe 100

players on that phone call, and nobody said a word. We were all

shocked. But he never buries the lead. He came right out with


The 50-year-old Weiner succeeded Fehr in December 2009 to become

just the fourth head of the union since 1966. He is widely liked

and respected among players and management, and he has been

credited for an improved relationship between sides.

”I have great respect and admiration for Michael, with whom we

have had a very constructive relationship both professionally and

personally,” baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.

”This relationship has been a great benefit to baseball and has

led to the tremendous success the game now enjoys. All of us look

forward to Michael’s full recovery and to his continued

contributions to our game.”

Following his graduation from Williams College and Harvard Law

School, Weiner clerked for a federal judge and was hired by Fehr in

1988 as a union staff lawyer.

Under Weiner’s watch, the union signed an agreement in November

for a five-year contract running until December 2016, which ensures

21 consecutive years of labor peace in Major League Baseball. The

agreement allowed for blood testing for human growth hormone,

introduced restraints on bonuses for amateur draft picks and

international signings, and restored salary arbitration eligibility

for part of a class of players that lost it in the 1980s.

”He’s ultra-prepared and smart,” Chicago White Sox player

representative Paul Konerko said. ”I mean I think everybody is

happy with the last agreement that got done.”

Under Weiner, the union also succeeded in a grievance

overturning a positive drug test against NL MVP Ryan Braun, who

avoided a 50-game suspension.

”He’s upbeat about everything and he’s looking forward to

hopefully beating this,” San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain

said. ”Obviously, it’s going to be a process. We hope he can keep

his strength and motivation up to make it through it.”

AP Sports Writers Rick Gano and Noah Trister contributed to this