NEW YORK (AP) -- Kevin McGuiness, a lawyer who has spent a decade heading a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., has been hired as chief operating officer of the Major League Baseball Players Association under new union head Tony Clark.
The 61-year-old, whose hiring was announced Wednesday, will fill a post that had been vacant since Gene Orza retired in March 2011. McGuiness will start work with the union next month.
Clark, a former big league All-Star, took over as head of the union in November following the death of Michael Weiner.
A graduate of the University of California at Irvine and George Washington Law School, McGuiness taught Renaissance history and English literature in Florence, Italy. He had been president of the McGuiness Group since 2004. The lobbying firm represented the MLBPA along with the players' unions of the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLS.