San Diego, California
Executive Director, Major League Baseball Players Association
Growing up, Tony was an outstanding baseball and basketball player. As a high school senior, he averaged 43.7 points per game and broke Bill Walton's San Diego high school single-season scoring record. But baseball was his bread and butter. The Detroit Tigers drafted Tony with the second pick of the 1990 draft. Over a 15-year Major League Baseball career, the 6-foot-7 first baseman nicknamed “Tony the Tiger” batted .262 with 251 home runs and 824 RBIs. In retirement, Tony accepted an offer to join the Major League Baseball Players Association as director of player relations in 2010. In 2013, players unanimously elected him executive director of the MLBPA, making Tony the first former player, and first person of color, to hold one of baseball’s most powerful positions.