Michael Weiner

Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Photo courtesy of NYTimes.com/Associated Press.

Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association is battling brain tumors, the New York Times reported recently.

Weiner is the most recent in a line of Jews to hold the top spot as baseball's labor leader (the previous Jewish baseball union heads were Marvin Miller and Donald Fehr), as detailed in this 2011 JewishSportsCollectible.com posting.

Although his collectibles are limited, Weiner has been a gracious through-the-mail signer in the past.

I wrote to Weiner in August 2009, just after he succeeded Fehr in the MLBPA corner office. 

I'm proud to have a humorous handwritten and signed note, with a distinctly Jewish flair, on MLBPA stationary from Mr. Weiner in my collection.

Michael Weiner letterThe letter reads, in part: "Mazel tov – you are the first person who asked for my signature who wasn't looking for it on a check."

Along with his note, Weiner included his autographed MLBPA business card and a signed and inscribed a Signature Card in reply to my request.

Mr. Weiner is a class act, in my book.

So, as Ron Kaplan on Kaplan's Korner recently implored, let's offer our thoughts and prayer to Mr. Weiner and his family for a complete recovery and a quick return to good health.