SAN DIEGO - Padres President and CEO Mike Dee released the following statement on Padres Executive Vice President/Senior Advisor Dave Winfield accepting a new role today with the Major League Baseball Players Association as a special assistant to Executive Director Tony Clark.  

"We are extremely happy for Dave as he assumes this new role and adds to his illustrious Hall of Fame career that has already spanned parts of five decades as a player and front office executive" said Padres President & CEO Mike Dee. "Dave's experience, perspective and insight will be a tremendous asset to the leadership team at the MLBPA and for all of Major League Baseball. We thank Dave for his latest contributions to the Padres over the last 13 years as a member of the front office and wish him, Tonya and their family the very best as they begin this new chapter. While we miss him professionally on a weekly basis - he is, and always will be, a member of our Padres family."

Winfield, inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, began his association with the Padres after being selected in the first round of the 1973 Draft. His Cooperstown resume includes 12 All-Star selections, seven Rawlings Gold Glove awards and six Silver Slugger awards. Over the course of a 22-year playing career, the first eight with the Padres, Winfield batted .283 with 3,110 hits, currently 20th all-time. He added 465 home runs, 1,833 RBI and 223 stolen bases. Winfield is one of just seven players in baseball history to collect 3,000 hits and 450 home runs.

As the Padres Executive Vice President/Senior Advisor, Winfield provided input into areas including business, diversity, human resources and alumni relations. He also spearheaded the Padres annual Salute to the Negro Leagues.