When it comes to baseball’s offseason, you could argue the end of November and into December leading up to the Holidays are the most active outside the diamond. The Winter Meetings begin December, End of Year payrolls and info on any clubs that break the Luxury Tax ceiling take place. In late November, it’s postseason shares, and the MLB Players Association having their Executive Board meetings.
To the MLBPA, yesterday they announced their biennial player-officer elections, and with it, there are some new and old faces.
Returning to their posts as Association Player Representatives—the highest elected positions in the union for the players— are Curtis Granderson of the Yankees and Jeremy Guthrie from the Royals. Justin Masterson of the Indians was elected Alternate Association Player Representative, joining returnee Carlos Villanueva who is currently a free agent.
Chris Capuano of the Dodgers returns as one of two Pension Committee Representatives to serve alongside newcomer Craig Breslow of the Red Sox. Returning as Alternate Pension Committee Representatives are Ross Ohlendorf and Kevin Slowey, both of whom are currently free agents.
In accordance with the Union’s Constitution and By-Laws, elections for Association Player Representatives and Alternates and Pension Committee Representatives and Alternates are held during Executive Board meetings in even-numbered years. Each of the above players will serve a two-year term meaning the next time election results are announced will be in late Nov. of 2014.
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