Donald Fehr, the longtime executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, will step down and cede power to the union's general counsel, Michael Weiner, Yahoo! Sports has confirmed.
Fehr, who has spent 25 years as head of the union, oversaw the increases of salaries more than tenfold and helped shepherd in 15 years of labor peace. He also earned scorn during the 1994 players' strike that saw the cancellation of the World Series and for the role the union played in keeping steroid testing out of the game until 2004, by which time performance-enhancing drugs had pervaded the sport.
Fehr plans on continuing in his job for at least a few more months, as stipulated by his contract, which calls for him to give nine months' notice, according to a source.
Weiner, 47, has been a lawyer with the union for more than 20 years and was long considered Fehr's likely replacement. His appointment to the position is pending a vote from the players. ESPN first reported that Fehr would step down.