Former Mets GM Minaya joins MLBPA

New York, NY ( – Former New York Mets general manager Omar
Minaya is joining the Major League Baseball Players Association staff as a
senior advisor to executive director Tony Clark.

Minaya spent the past three years with the San Diego Padres as a senior vice
president of baseball operations.

The 56-year-old Minaya will focus on the areas of domestic game development
and international affairs and play.

“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,” said 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.”

After injuries ended his playing career, Minaya joined the Texas Rangers’
scouting team in 1985, where he helped sign Sammy Sosa.

Minaya became baseball’s first Hispanic general manager when the Montreal
Expos hired him in 2002. From 2005-10, he was the Mets’ GM.

“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 joined the Padres in 2011.