Former baseball union boss Donald Fehr on verge of taking over same role in NHL


According to James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe and Mail longtime MLB players’ association executive director Donald Fehr “is on the verge of taking over the troubled NHL players’ association.”
Hockey has been without a players’ association boss since Paul Kelly was fired last year and Fehr received an $11 million severance package while stepping down from the MLBPA in October.
Mirtle reports that the 62-year-old Fehr has been working as “an unpaid advisor” to the NHL since then and his officially being voted in by the 30 player representatives is “believed to be a formality”

Marlins sign Sean Burnett to minor league deal

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.

Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.

Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.