Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time and money to call attention to important causes, and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities.
To know Major League Baseball Players Association ExecutiveDirector and Players Trust Trustee, Michael Weiner, was to be awed by his brilliant mind and compassionate soul…amazed by his ability to make all things understandable…impressed by his humility, his compassion, and his desire to make this world a better place.
To all of us at the Players Trust, Michael was a dedicated colleague and leader whose words and actions exemplified his beliefs. He was an inspiration to all of us.
When Michael and his wife Diane traveled to the All-Star Game in Kansas City in July of 2012, they could have made the rounds, shaking hands and attending the festivities as baseball dignitaries. But instead, they came out to the parking lot at Kaufman Stadium at 8 AM, threw on tool belts and hard hats, and helped build homes for victims of the Midwest tornadoes as part of the Players Trust and MLB’s All-Star Build to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Despite temperatures climbing to over 100 degrees, Michael and Diane were not deterred – Michael telling us that his work with his father in construction years earlier was coming in handy.
The baseball community was devastated when Michael was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor just weeks after that All-Star Game, yet he continued to work and to serve as a Trustee of the Players Trust until he passed away on November 21, 2013. During his 15-month battle with cancer, he welcomed guests with his warm remarks, wit, and humor at the Trust’s golf event at Torrey Pines in January, joined forces with Pirates and Mets players in May in Harlem as they led a City Clinic for autistic youth, and was once again a part of the All Star activities in New York in July 2013. Although confined to a wheelchair and partially paralyzed, Michael embraced the players and his role as Trustee at the Trust’s Hurricane Sandy benefit golf tournament on Bethpage Black.
We will miss Michael’s guidance, his wise counsel, and his vast contributions to the Players Trust. Michael spoke proudly about the Trust, its accomplishments, and the bridge it created between current and former players. He recognized the power of the organization and of the players – the power to care, to act, and to inspire – something which Michael took to heart and did each and every day of his life.