"I am honored by this appointment and consider it a privilege to be in a position to work more closely with Michael Weiner," stated Clark. "I also look forward to continue working with all our members and the entire union staff, and together we will maintain our standing as one of the best labor organizations in the country."
"Tony has been a mentor, advocate and friend to all Major Leaguers," said Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees outfielder and MLBPA association representative. "Today's appointment reflects the confidence the players have in Tony's ability to represent us on a daily basis. I wish him luck, and I look forward to working with him."
"Since joining the MLBPA staff, Tony has helped increase the level of player engagement in union affairs, and I'm excited to work with him in his new role as deputy executive director," added Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals pitcher and MLBPA association representative. "Tony has been protecting the rights of players for nearly 15 years, and his collective bargaining experience has provided him with the requisite amount of leadership the position requires. The players are fortunate to have him working on their behalf."
Clark, 41, retired during the 2009 season, after spending 15 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres. Originally drafted by the Tigers in the first round (second overall) of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, Clark made his big league debut in September 1995 and finished third in 1996 Rookie of the Year voting. Clark, a first baseman, played in 1,559 games, appeared in the 2001 All-Star Game and finished his career with 1,188 hits, 251 home runs and 824 RBIs.
Tony became active in union affairs after attending his first executive board meeting in 1999. From there he became a team player representative, before spending his last seven seasons as an association representative, one of two players to serve in the union's most senior player-leadership position. As a player, Tony was actively involved in the union's collective bargaining negotiations in 2002 and 2006, as well as in negotiations over the Joint Drug Agreement.