ESPN is reporting that MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr is stepping down after 25 years. MLBPA general counsel Mike Weiner will replace him, pending approval of the executive board.
If Fehr is simply retiring, it’s not an earth-shattering story. But if this is somehow related to the union’s long-standing resistance of drug-testing and backlash from clean players, than it’s major.
More than anybody else, Fehr and Bud Selig were responsible for baseball’s drug problem in that they were equally willing to look the other way rather than ask difficult questions. All too often, it seemed, the MLBPA was more concerned about the bank accounts of their members and not their health or the integrity of the game.