SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Former Tigers first baseman Tony Clark led a contingent of union officials who were in camp on Monday to meet with Rangers players. Clark took over as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association after Michael Weiner passed away in the offseason. He has surrounded himself with a formidable group of ex-players including Dave Winfield, Bobby Bonilla, Jeffrey Hammonds, Rick Helling and Bob Tewksbury.
The 90-minute meeting touched on multiple subjects, including instant replay and an increase in the frequency of drug testing. But most important was Clark just getting acquainted with his nw constituents.
"He just wanted to go over his role and what he's doing," said pitcher Derek Holland, who is the Rangers player representative. "There are a lot new faces and it's cool to see the players who have been brought in. At times it will be stressful on Tony but he knows what he is doing. Being a player will help out. He still has to get acclimated but being with Weiner, Tony was his right-hand man so he'll be ready to go."
Winfield played from 1973-95, a span that covered some of the biggest labor showdowns in the history of the sport. Holland said part of having the former players in leadership roles was to help remind current players about the history and importance of the union.
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