12/05/2013 12:12 PM ET
Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield joins MLBPA staff
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- The Major League Baseball Players Association today announced the hiring of Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield as a special assistant to executive director Tony Clark.
During his 22-year Major League career, Winfield spent 15 seasons as a player representative, helping the union become one of the strongest labor organizations in the country. During retirement, Winfield served as a founding member of the advisory board of the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by active Major Leaguers in 1996.
"It is an honor to welcome Dave Winfield to the MLBPA staff," said Clark. "Dave's passion and dedication to the game and the cause of players is legendary among the brotherhood of players. His prominence and reputation inside and outside the game will serve all players -- past, present and future -- well."
"As a former union leader, I'm thrilled to be joining the ranks of the most accomplished and respected sports union in the country to help provide a generational link and historical perspective to today's players," stated Winfield. "I have participated in nearly every aspect of the game, and I look forward to putting that experience to good use in support of Tony Clark and various MLBPA activities and initiatives."
Winfield, a 12-time All-Star, finished his illustrious career with 3,110 hits, 465 home runs and 1,833 RBIs. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 on the first ballot, and since 2001, Winfield has served as executive vice president/senior advisor with the San Diego Padres.