The Major League Baseball Players Association announced Wednesday the promotion of Martha Child to the position of chief administrative officer and the hiring of long-time arbitration consultant Rick Shapiro.

Child, a 1983 graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, has performed a number of roles with the union since joining the staff in 1989. In her new position, Child's principal responsibility will be to ensure that the MLBPA's staff operates in an efficient and coordinated manner. She will also continue to have an important role in administering key provisions of the Basic Agreement and the Benefit Plan.

"Martha started at the union only a few months after me, and she's been a friend and colleague for over 20 years," Executive Director Michael Weiner said. "She has experience with virtually all aspects of the union's affairs and has gained the respect of our staff. I'm certain that Martha will be of great assistance in helping the MLBPA continue to be the best union it can be."

Shapiro, a graduate of Skidmore College (1977) and Brooklyn Law School (1982), has more than 20 years of experience representing professional athletes. He has served as outside counsel to both the MLBPA and NHLPA and as an attorney for numerous players and player agents in baseball, hockey and other sports. Shapiro, as a senior member of the Association's staff, will head the union's efforts to support individual contract negotiations and is expected to play a major role in other areas of union activity.

"Rick is a superb lawyer and has been a great friend and supporter of the MLBPA for over two decades," Weiner said. "His vast experience with all aspects of player negotiations will be invaluable in salary arbitration and in the monitoring of the free agent market, among other things. Rick is well known to the union staff, to our certified agents and to players, and already has hit the ground running. I look forward to having him as a senior member of our team, and I know I'll be relying on his counsel and advice going forward."