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Miller unhappy with snub

Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:01 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 12:04 pm
To put it bluntly, Marvin Miller is unhappy he fell short of being voted into the Hall of Fame.

Here's his statement:
“The Baseball Hall of Fame’s vote (or non-vote) of December 5, hardly qualifies as a news story. It is repetitively negative, easy to forecast, and therefore boring.

“Many years ago those who control the Hall decided to rewrite history instead of recording it. The aim was to eradicate the history of the tremendous impact of the players’ union on the progress and development of the game as a competitive sport, as entertainment, and as an industry. The union was the moving force in bringing Major League Baseball from the 19th century to the 21st century. It brought about expansion of the game to cities that had never had a Major League team. It brought about more than a 50% increase in the number of people employed as players, coaches, trainers, managers, club presidents, attorneys and other support personnel, employees of concessionaires, stadium maintenance personnel, parking lot attendants, and more.   It converted a salary structure from one with a $6,000 a year minimum salary to a $414,000 a year salary from the first day of a player’s Major League service. The union was also the moving force for changing the average Major League salary from $19,000 a year to more than $3 million a year, and the top salary from $100,000 to more than $25 million a year. The union was a major factor in increasing the annual revenue of all Major League clubs, combined – from $50 million a year before the union started in 1966 to this year’s almost $7 billion a year. That is a difficult record to eradicate – and the Hall has failed to do it.

“A long time ago, it became apparent that the Hall sought to bury me long before my time, as a metaphor for burying the union and eradicating its real influence. Its failure is exemplified by the fact that I and the union of players have received far more support, publicity, and appreciation from countless fans, former players, writers, scholars, experts in labor management relations, than if the Hall had not embarked on its futile and fraudulent attempt to rewrite history. It is an amusing anomaly that the Hall of Fame has made me famous by keeping me out.”
Miller fell one vote shy of the 12 needed for election. The 16 voters were Johnny Bench, Whitey Herzog, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith, Bill Giles, David Glass, Andy MacPhail, Jerry Reinsdorf, Bob Elliott, Tim Kurkjian, Ross Newhan and Tom Verducci.

You can bet the four executives -- Giles, Glass, MacPhail and Reinsdorf -- voted against Miller, so they only needed one more vote to keep him out. Talking to someone who has previously served on that committee, he told me he believes the committee is always constructed to keep Miller out -- there are just enough owners and those influenced by voters to continue to exclude Miller.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:38 am

Miller unhappy with snub

Wait just a minute.  You can't be serious that 11 of the HOF "voters" actually cast a ballot FOR this egomaniac deuschbag.  They need to be investigated for soliciting and/or receiving bribes.

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:18 am

Miller unhappy with snub

Marvin Miller changed the 'game' from one that paid the owners who do absolutely nothing to one in which the fanny-warming owners are joined by the players in getting paid.  Good for him.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:00 pm

Miller unhappy with snub


Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 7:07 pm

Miller unhappy with snub

If they ever put that jerk in the Hall of Fame, they would have to beef up secuity to keep people from vandalizing it.
Thank you to the voters who are keeping him out.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 7:05 pm

Miller unhappy with snub

The only thing you did for the game of baseball is force the "common man", the same man your bogus unions are supposed to suppport out of the game. You have artifically inflated the economics of the game ( as all unions do in every other industry) making it nearly impossible for the average guy to take his family to the game. You destroyed the integrity of the game making it about nothing more than highest paycheck. I pray you never gain entry to the hallowed hall. Not to mention have self absorbed do you have to me to whine about your own vote.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2010 6:58 pm

Miller unhappy with snub

This egomaniac really thinks he should be in the baseball Hall of Fame?  

He had as much influence on the baseball field as my grandmother did.  The only effect he had on the game was helping line the pockets of players and owners while the true fans of the sport were systematically removed from enjoying the games with their families at the ballpark. 

It won't let a guy in who has more hits than anybody in the history of the game, but he's pissed that they didn't let him in cause of his "good lawyering?"  Get a life, d-bag.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:29 pm

Miller unhappy with snub

Hey, Marvin, in 1966 a ticket to a Yankees game was $2.50. Thanks for everything.

If fans did the voting your name would never be mentioned.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:20 pm

Miller unhappy with snub

Waaa!  Waaa!  Is that why you did what you did Mr. Miller?  So you could have a chance to be in the BASEBALL Hall of Fame?  Key word  Did you ever throw a pitch?  Catch a ball?  Hit a HR?  Your influence on the game is a NEGATIVE one.  You had no positive effect.  You helped RUIN today's game.  And you somehow think that you should be REWARDED for that?  Revenge is a dish best served cold.  And I, along with MILLIONS of other baseball fans hope you choke on it!

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:16 pm

Miller unhappy with snub

I am happy with the snub.  I support UNIONS, but I have not seen any of  that money you talk about Mr. Miller.  When OUR union went on strike YOUR union CROSSED the picket line.  Hey Miller you got what you deserved!! ENJOY!!

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:47 pm

Miller unhappy with snub

You omitted one more influence the union has a 50% participation in establishing; the economics that prevent millions of young baseball fans like my three sons from ever going to a game in person.

There should be a "Hall of Shame" for the all the businessmen, including Mr Miller, for the fotress of solitude they created. On behalf of the three boys I am painfully aware of who will never be able to afford to see a game without binoculars, I thnak you.

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