MLBPA Announces Restructuring of Communications Department
The Major League Baseball Players Association today announced the promotion of long-time staff member Chris Dahl to Director of Communications and the addition of prominent national baseball writer Jerry Crasnick to the new role of Senior Advisor: Player, Agent, and Media Relations.
Dahl, who has served the MLBPA in a variety of roles over more than 22 years, has previous professional experience as a sportswriter for The Associated Press, as an officer in the union that represented wire service workers, and as an executive for a licensed trading card manufacturer.
“Chris jumped into a void last year and has done an excellent job reinvigorating our communication efforts,” Executive Director Tony Clark said. “He has brought a new level of professionalism and coordination to the department and has helped to make sure the Player perspective is being heard among all of the competing voices.”
Crasnick, who has covered Major League Baseball for a variety of news outlets over more than three decades as a sportswriter, most recently as a senior baseball writer for ESPN, brings a wealth of knowledge and strong working relationships with players, agents, fellow media members, and club officials.
“I know first-hand, both as a Player and now with the Association, of the knowledge, diligence, and integrity Jerry has brought to every job he has held. He knows our sport – both the realities and the myths, the good and the bad - as well as anyone in the business,” Clark said. “He is an exceptional communicator, an insightful observer, and a prolific writer.”
Dahl, who had served as interim communications director for the past year, will continue to oversee all areas of the Players Association's communications. Crasnick will serve as a key liaison with the Player, agent, and media communities in his new role.
The Players Association also announced that Gretchen Mueller had been promoted to the role of Managing Director, Digital Media and Creative Strategy and Anthony Solis’ hiring as the union’s Communications Coordinator.