Weiner gets preliminary approval

NEW YORK -- Michael Weiner has been approved unanimously by the Major League Baseball Players Association executive board to succeed Donald Fehr as the union's head.

The board decided during a conference call Tuesday to put the decision to a vote of its full membership, which includes players, managers, coaches and trainers.

Weiner was hired by the union as a lawyer in 1988 and became general counsel, its No. 3 position, five years ago. The union said it anticipates Weiner will take over from Fehr after the season.

Fehr announced his intention to retire on June 22 and recommended Weiner get the job. A clerk to a federal judge who became the top lawyer to union head Marvin Miller in August 1977, Fehr took over as acting executive director in December 1983 and got the job permanently two years later.

"I am honored to have the confidence and backing of the executive board, and I look forward to talking to the full membership to discuss the future of the union and answer any questions they may have," Weiner said