Hall of Famer and longtime Padres great Dave Winfield was named as a special assistant at the Major League Players Association, joining recently appointed Executive Director Tony Clark.

Both former Major League stars have strong San Diego connections. Clark grew up in the East County area and went to Valhalla High before transferring to Christian High School. He attended both the University of Arizona and San Diego State University, and played for the Padres in 2008.

Winfield, who has been with the Padres front office as an executive vice president for 13 years, is one of the team’s all-time brightest stars. He played for the Pads for the first eight of his 22 years in the majors that included stints with five other teams, including the New York Yankees. One of only seven players with at least 3,000 hits and 450 home runs, Winfield was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

Padres CEO Mike Dee thanked Winfield for his contributions to the franchise as he joins the professional union for the players.

“While we miss him professionally on a weekly basis, he is and always will be, a member of our Padres family,” Dee said.

Clark was named to head the MLBPA earlier this week following the death of former Executive Director Michael Weiner about two weeks ago.