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MLB honors ex-union chief Michael Weiner with full-page newspaper ad

Mike Oz
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Michael Weiner's family members, friends and baseball associates said goodbye to him at a Sunday memorial service that drew Commissioner Bud Selig, super agent Scott Boras, ex-players such as Dave Winfield and Frank Thomas, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and even embattled star Alex Rodriguez.

On Monday, Major League Baseball paid tribute to Weiner — the executive director of Major League Baseball Players' Association, who died last week at age 51 after a 15-month cancer battle. MLB took out a full-page ad in USA Today with a wonderful quote from Weiner and a message from Selig, so baseball fans all over the country could remember Weiner fondly too.

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Here's more from the Associated Press on Weiner's packed memorial service:

''If anybody would like to sit on the floor in front of the pews, that is fine,'' Rabbi Mary Zamore said. ''As you know, Mike Weiner was known for informality. We will respect that by just all squishing together." ... [Weiner] was eulogized by his wife, Diane Margolin, as many in the crowd wiped tears and sniffled. Some wore Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers — a Weiner trademark — in his honor.

''I've been thinking about how to address you on this occasion since August of '12 when an aggressive cancerous tumor invaded Mike's brain,'' she said. ''I imagined this day would be far, far off, but I knew it was coming.'' ...

During an eight-minute eulogy, Margolin said Weiner and his family felt honored by friends in the past 15 months who arranged ''a whirlwind of award ceremonies and parties that some of us came to call Tumorfest 2013.''

''Shortly after his cancer diagnosis, Mike told me he was not afraid of death. He wasn't rushing it, but he was not afraid,'' she said. ''His living the past 15 months without fear made all the difference, made everything possible.''

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