|MLBPA News Release|
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today announced that former Major League pitcher Javier Vazquez has joined the association as international special assistant.
Vazquez, 37, was born, raised and currently resides in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he was drafted by the Expos in the fifth round of the 1994 First-Year Player Draft. Vazquez played 14 Major League seasons between 1998-2011 with the Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins (now Miami), and he amassed 165 wins while averaging almost a strikeout per inning in over 2,800 innings pitched.
While an active player, Vazquez took it upon himself to get heavily involved in union affairs by serving as a team player rep and/or alternate beginning with the 2002 season. He played an important role and was very active during collective bargaining negotiations in 2002 and 2006, often representing the interests of the game's foreign-born players.
In his new role, Vazquez will work in support of the union's international players, as well as assist with the MLBPA's efforts working with Major League Baseball International to help grow the game. In addition, Vazquez will represent the Players Association at various international events throughout the year, including, but not limited to, Winter Ball, amateur showcases and tournaments.
"Javy's experience and accomplishments as an active player, as well as the commitment he made as an integral part of our union leadership while in uniform, make him an ideal addition to our staff," said Clark. "His expertise and desire to impact our international players will be instrumental in accomplishing our goals in the short term and long term."
"I'm excited to join the Players Association as its international special assistant, and I look forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with today's active players, especially those from Latin America," said Vazquez. "I'm eager and committed to helping all players navigate their way through the various stages of their careers, and to helping spread the global popularity of the game and the players."