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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Rob Manfred v. Tony Clark: professional v. amateur.

Heavyweight boxing champion Mohammed Ali said it about at least one of his opponents: it will be like a professional against an amateur. That's what it seems like so far between the Major Baseball League (MBL) commissioner Rob Manfred and the players union executive director Tony Clark. Maybe it will be "rope-a-dope".

One basic lesson that Clark has yet to learn: never give something without getting something.

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Anthony Christopher Clark (born June 15, 1972, in Newton, Kansas), is a former Major League Baseballfirst baseman and current executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Clark was a union representative while he was a player, and after retiring he joined the staff of the MLBPA in 2010.[1] He served as deputy executive director and acting executive director of the union before he was appointed executive director in December 2013, upon the death of Michael Weiner.[1]Clark is the first former player to be executive director of the MLB players' union.[1]

Clark played college basketball at the University of Arizona and San Diego State.

In August 2009, after being released from the Diamondbacks,Clark became a studio analyst with the MLB Network.


Robert D. Manfred Jr. (born September 28, 1958) is an American lawyer and business executive who is the tenth and current Commissioner of Baseball. He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball and succeeded Bud Selig as Commissioner on January 25, 2015...

He graduated from Cornell and Harvard Law School...

After law school, he clerked for Judge Joseph L. Tauro of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He became a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, focusing on labor and employment law...

In 1987, Manfred began working with Major League Baseball (MLB) during collective bargaining.[7]During the 1994–95 MLB strike, he served as outside counsel for the owners.[6] He joined MLB on a full-time basis in 1998, serving as the Executive Vice President of Economics and League Affairs.[4] Manfred negotiated MLB's first drug testing agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) in 2002, and represented MLB in negotiations with the MLBPA when forming new collective bargaining agreements in 2002, 2006 and 2011.[8] In 2013, Manfred led MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis scandal.[9] ...

At the end of the 2013 season, Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig promoted Manfred to chief operating officer of MLB.


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