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Statement from Executive Director Tony Clark on the passing of Bob Friend

   02-04-2019

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding the passing of Bob Friend:

"In addition to being a three-time all-star, twice leading the National League in innings pitched, and never spending a day on the disabled list over a 16-year career, Bob Friend was a longtime advocate for his fellow players. As a player representative for 10 years and a member of Players Association's executive committee for five years, Bob was a leading voice for pension and benefit improvements, and along with Robin roberts, Jim Bunning and Harvey Kuenn, Bob served on the four-person search committee that recruited Marvin Miller to become the MLBPA's first full-time executive director in 1966." -- Tony Clark, Executive Director