He had been serving as the MLBPA's Director of Player Services. "It was clear from the moment Tony joined the MLBPA that his on-field experience and passion for the fraternity of players would make him a tremendous advocate for all who play the game." "Michael is my mentor," Clark said in a telephone interview. Clark, 41, retired during the 2009 season, after spending 15 seasons with the Tigers, D-backs, Mets, Yankees, Red Sox and Padres. "We have an emergency contingency plan that's been in place for several months, and we are having a plan that will deal with a deputy executive director that will succeed and ultimately be voted on by the board in November," he explained during his annual pre-All-Star game meeting with the Baseball Writers Association of America.