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06/02/2015 2:18 PM ET
Kevin Slowey named MLBPA special assistant

NEW YORK -- The Major League Baseball Players Association today announced the hiring of former Major League pitcher Kevin Slowey as special assistant, bargaining.

A very active member of the MLBPA's negotiating committee in 2011, Slowey will provide support to executive director Tony Clark and the MLBPA's player services staff, with a focus on collective bargaining issues and preparation.

"We're very happy to welcome Kevin to the MLBPA staff. During his career, Kevin demonstrated a keen interest in union matters, and he played an important role in shaping a number of the agreements negotiated during the past five years," stated Clark.

"I'm honored to join Tony and his team, and I look forward to supporting the players in advance of the next round of bargaining and beyond," said Slowey. "I believe it's important for all players to take an active role in their careers as well as the collective bargaining process. I'm excited to put my past experiences to good use in helping the players continue on a path that was forged by our predecessors nearly 50 years ago."

Coincidentally, Slowey, 31, made his Major League debut eight years ago yesterday (June 1, 2007) as a pitcher with the Minnesota Twins. A second-round pick of the Twins in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Slowey spent seven years in the Majors, playing with the Twins and Miami Marlins. Throughout his playing career, Slowey was very active in union affairs. He was a member of the MLBPA's executive board, served as a representative to the sport's pension committee and spent time as a team player representative.

Prior to being drafted, Slowey attended Winthrop University (Rock Hill, S.C.) on an academic scholarship and played baseball, setting school records for wins and strikeouts. He was born in Conroe, Texas, and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area (Upper St. Clair), where he, his wife, Leigh, and daughter, Isla, make their home.