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Why Marvin Miller wanted no part of an invitation to Cooperstown.

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Former MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller passed away on Wednesday, inspiring a number of articles about his deserving candidacy for the Hall of Fame. But Miller himself wasn't bothered by his absence from the Hall, as he explained in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Hit and Run" column on May 29, 2008.
 


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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how the Reds might save some money on Aroldis Chapman, whether certain teams might benefit more from framing than others, and where we would rank Marvin Miller in the pantheon of important historical baseball figures.

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how the Reds might save some money on Aroldis Chapman, whether certain teams might benefit more from framing than others, and where we would rank Marvin Miller in the pantheon of important historical baseball figures.

Episode 90: "The Cheapskate Approach to Aroldis Chapman/The Phillies and Framing/Ranking Baseball Figures By Historical Importance"

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Former MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller passed away today at the age of 95. A larger man in the history of baseball we may not have seen, and yet, he's yet to grace the Hall of Fame.

It’s hard to know where to begin with the news today that former MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller passed away at the age of 95. In the history of sports, there may have never been a more galvanizing and important figure. As with most people of greatness, the actions of Miller were not seen by all as being good for sports. Still, love him or hate him, his impact on not only Major League Baseball, but all professional sports leagues, cannot be overstated. Collective bargaining, arbitration, free agency, and the fight for players’ rights all began with Miller. In that, you might disagree with Miller, but you had to respect him.

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Tommy attends a panel marking the 40th anniversary of the 1972 strike and returns with tales of the Players Association's past.

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December 13, 2010 9:00 am

Another Look: Marvin Miller

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Bob Hertzel

The man who brought free agency to baseball was again denied election to the Hall of Fame.

On the back cover of Marvin Miller’s book, A Whole Different Ball Game: The Sport and Business Baseball, there is a blurb that needs to be revived here, now that the Baseball Hall of Fame has once again denied Miller entry.

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November 16, 2010 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Marvin Miller and Pat Gillick

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Jay Jaffe

The former MLB Players Association executive director and former GM are up for selection to the Hall of Fame.

Last week, I took a swing at analyzing the eight players on the Expansion Era Hall of Fame ballot to be voted upon at next month's Winter Meetings, using JAWS to evaluate their fitness for Cooperstown. That tool's not available when tackling the four non-players on the ballot, namely Pat Gillick, Billy Martin, Marvin Miller, and George Steinbrenner, whose achievements must be evaluated more subjectively. Nonetheless, it's apparent that relative to their already-inducted peers, they certainly have strong arguments in their favor. Today I'll examine the cases of Miller and Gillick, saving those of the Yankees' odd couple, Steinbrenner and Martin, for a later installment.

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Marvin Miller wants no part of an invitation to Cooperstown.

The Hall of Fame was in the headlines last week, and not just because the retirement of Mike Piazza kindled the inevitable debate over the catcher's Cooperstown credentials. No, an even more deserving honoree made waves via what was almost certainly a first: a request to the voters not to be elected.

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November 13, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Myths

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Maury Brown

Maury examines some of the more persistent misbeliefs around the game.

Beyond those, there have been other myths as well. The media has reported that more than 75 million fans attended games this past season in MLB, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim name case is all but over, Bud Selig was a used-car salesman, and that Marvin Miller was the first choice to become the first executive director of the Players Association. These statements are no more true than the Doubleday fairy tale.

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One man's case for a pair of the game's off-field giants.

Today, I'm making the case for two executives who have been passed over in years prior for the Hall. At the same time, I'd like to ask how these two individuals could be absent from Cooperstown in the first place. Both men altered MLB's landscape forever. Both changed the conventional thinking in MLB-both in terms of labor, and in terms of business. Both men directed their respective constituencies, either directly or indirectly. Both men are iconic.

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