This isn’t about agreeing with everything or anything Miller did, and he is still dead wrong about drug-testing and steroids. This is about the man’s body of work. And because of the remarkable work that he did strengthening his union, because of free agency and the fights to get it and keep it, he changed baseball as much as any figure since Jackie Robinson.
Put it another way: If Marvin Miller doesn’t do what he did with the Major League Baseball Players Association, then you tell me how Steinbrenner does what he did with the Yankees in this so-called Expansion Era?
I didn’t touch on the PED stuff when I stumped for Miller last week because, to me, it’s almost irrelevant in the grand scheme of his candidacy. I mentioned it last year, in passing, however. You could change that narrative in the Lupica quote above to read Miller “is still dead wrong about the Tooth Fairy and the Acai Berry Diet” and it would have the same impact on my viewing of his candidacy. Like Lupica, I agree (boy, is that odd to read) that while Miller has taken stances towards PEDs that I don’t necessarily agree with, his inclusion in the HOF is long overdue.
[As a side note, I can’t help but look at the picture above and marvel how close it looks to Hyman Roth from The Godfather.] Continue reading Cognitive dissonance warning: Agreeing with Lupica