The Major League Baseball Players Association today announced the hiring of Omar Minaya as senior advisor to Executive Director, Tony Clark.
Minaya, 56, and a well-respected member of the baseball family with more than 30 years of off-field experience in the game, will focus on the areas of domestic game development and international affairs and play. The hiring of Minaya represents a continuation of Clark’s vision for the future of the MLBPA and it reflects the Union’s ever-evolving areas of interest and concern, beyond traditional labor-management matters.
Minaya comes to the MLBPA with a great level of expertise acquired through his years as a player, coach, scout and front office executive, including time as general manager of the New York Mets and Montreal Expos, where he was the first Hispanic in Major League Baseball to be hired in that role.
“I have long considered myself a Players’ administrator with a complete belief that the Players are not only the face of the game, but they provide the sport with its heart and soul,” stated Minaya. “I share the Players’ and Tony’s views on the state of the game, especially as they relate to what active and inactive Players are doing to help develop the game, widen its appeal and excite the next generation of players, while ensuring the integrity of the competition on the field is maintained.”
“We feel fortunate to be in a position to hire someone with Omar’s experience and reputation,” said Clark. “His vast and diverse knowledge of all aspects of the sport will afford the Union and our members an unprecedented and invaluable level of expertise in any of a growing number of issues of importance to Players, domestically and abroad.”
Minaya joins the MLBPA after having spent the past three years as the San Diego Padres’ senior vice president of baseball operations.