Jerry Crasnick
Jerry Crasnick

Jerry Crasnick, who covered Major League Baseball for more than 30 years, has joined the Major League Baseball Players Assn. as senior advisor for player, agent and media relations.

His 16-year stint as baseball writer for ESPN came to a close last year. Previously, Crasnick was beat writer for the Denver Post (Rockies) and Cincinnati Post (Reds).

Tony Clark, the first former player to helm the MLBPA, said he has first-hand knowledge of Crasnick’s understanding of the game, including its “myths and realites.”

He called Crasnick “an exceptional communicator, an insightful observer and prolific writer.”

With the addition of Crasnick, MLBPA promoted Chris Dahl, former AP sportswriter, to the director of communications spot.