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MLBPA Leader Fehr Stepping Down

Donald Fehr is set to step down as the director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, according to multiple sources.

Fehr was elected executive director of the MLBPA in December 1985 after previously spending two years as acting director.

Fehr first made a name for himself in the baseball world by successfully assisting in arguing against the old reserve system in favor of players Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally. The ruling paved the way for baseball contracts as we now know them, as a team no longer controls the rights of a player beyond the first six years of their career without a free agency period.

Fehr will probably best be known for his role in the 1994 strike and subsequent canceling of the World Series, a clear black eye for MLB and one the league spent years trying to shake.

Michael Weiner will take over for Fehr, being promoted from general counsel and leapfrogging Gene Orza (MLBPA's chief operating officer) to assume the lead position in the player's union.

Fehr's reign was clearly positive for the players as salaries skyrocketed during his tenure but was it good for baseball? How do you guys see Fehr's legacy playing out?

By CJ Holley  |  June 22, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
 | Tags: 1994 strike, Donald Fehr, MLBPA, andy messersmith, dave mcnally, player's union  
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Maybe Fehr wants to get out before any more names from that "anonymous" steroid list come out...

Posted by: Juan-John | June 22, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Interesting thought, Juan-John.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 22, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

GET lowlife....both you and Selig should be jailed without parole for letting steroids exist and go UNCHECKED on your GREEDY watch

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | June 22, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

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