Marvin Miller dies

The world is a slightly worse place today than it was yesterday, as former union head and trailblazing sports pioneer Marvin Miller has passed away, according to multiple reports. Miller, 95, is best known for being the man who unionized the baseball players and won their first collective bargaining agreement with the owners. He presided over the MLBPA while the reserve clause was overturned and the players won the right to salary arbitration, among numerous other changes to the economic landscape of the game that made it the sport we know today. He has yet to be officially elected to the Hall of Fame, though that says far more about the Hall’s various institutional failings and the pettiness of the owners who sit on the Veteran’s Committee than it does about the contributions Miller made to the game.

Our condolences go out to Miller’s friends and family, the MLBPA, and sports fans everywhere. We lost a great one today.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

7 thoughts on “Marvin Miller dies

  1. David

    After the previous "YAY"s this is by far a larger "BOO." Miller's impact on the game is unassailable and his tireless work on behalf of athletes (which, because of the larger impacts, you could say "everywhere") is amazing. He's not always been 100% correct (imo) in recent statements on the varying player/owner/league relationships, but the fact that he's not in the Hall is patently ridiculous.

  2. That the Hall Of Fame voters allowed this man, Marvin Miller, to gracefully pass without electing him to their (no-so-) great institution will go down as among the biggest failing of a failing instiutition. The Hall of Fame is also a museum that is supposed to tell the whole story of this incredible game. For Miller to not be part of it, officially, will forever be a shadow upon it.

    Few things rile me more than this.

    Screw you, HOF voters. Get off your high horse, for once.

    And I can't wait for the voting results….

    • To be fair, if it were just the writers with votes on the matter he would be in with ease. It’s almost entirely the ownership presence on the Veteran’s Committee that’s kept him from being enshrined, and in a way I think he may have rather liked that final bit of irony in his legacy.

  3. BIll

    It took many years and much maturity on my part before I understood exactly how great a man Marvin Miller was. When I was a teenager, all I knew was that they weren't playing baseball and it was all Miller's fault. Once I started doing the necessary research, it became abundantly clear exactly what he was all about. Was he right 100% of the time? No, but he was primarily concerned about doing what was right for his people and was tirelessly devoted to the cause. And for that he deserves enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. A hero of the working man and the professional athlete.

  4. Urban

    If Marvin Miller took Amphetamines that helped him work harder and longer into the night, does that mean he should not be eligible for the HOF?

    • Congrats, you win.

      • Urban

        Please mail my prize to Urban Shocker in the ether. Seriously, though, in case my comment on Miller and Ruiz are misunderstood, I think it's nonsense the excuses HOF voters come up with for NOT voting for some worthy, be it Marvin Miller or a ballplayer who might have failed a drug test.

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