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“Expansion Era” HOF ballot nominees

I’ve been a fervent supporter of Marvin Miller’s induction into the HOF for as long as I can remember. Few individuals associated with baseball in any capacity had a greater impact in the direction and development of this game. Period. As a pro-labor guy myself, I think Miller’s work on behalf of the players forever changed the game and that’s worth enshrinement. Some might imply that free agency “ruined” the game, but I’d rather see the guys on the field get rich at the expense of the guys in the owner’s boxes.

Miller was in a similar spot in 2009, as I noted back then. Miller needed nine votes for election, but registered only seven. In the HOF press release from 2009, Miller’s career was distilled to the following three sentences:

Marvin Miller was elected as the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1966 and quickly turned the union into a powerhouse. Within a decade, Miller had secured free agency for the players.

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“Sources” believe Jesus is coming

Now, much has been made about Montero’s defense and the reports are all over the place.  Some state his defense is terrible, other’s say that it’s improving. BaseballAmerica is about to put their 2011 prospect rankings out and Montero’s upside is in line with Mike Piazza. Sign me up, please.  So long as his defense is no worse than Posada’s declining receiving skills, that’s fine by me. I admire and respect Posada as much as Jeter and Mo, but the rigors of the position have clearly taken its toll.

Brien recently took a look at Montero’s value as a trade chip and Mark dug into Zack Greinke a bit too.  Heck, Brien was asking for Montero earlier this season! We know the issues surrounding Greinke (noted anxiety problem, inclusion of Yanks and RedSox on his No Trade list), so that’s probably out.  So aside from a guy like King Felix (ain’t gonna happen despite all of my bedside prayers), the Yanks don’t think there’s a guy out there to trade Montero for, right now:

Many industry experts believe that the Yankees have tried to inflate Montero’s value in order to use him in a trade for a starting pitcher if they’re unable to sign Lee, but as the source noted, “There really aren’t any pitchers of that caliber out there to trade for.”

There very well might be a group of pitchers worth trading for, but it takes two to tango… Unless you’re going to tell me that upper-echelon guys Adam Wainwright, Justin Verlander, Dan Haren, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum are available, I’m OK with seeing what this kid can do.  …

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We get it: Jeter & Yanks, worth a lot to each other

“He has tremendous value, but it is very hard to quantify,” [Marc Ganis, president of Sports Corp Limited] said. “It is almost impossible to do. He is worth more to the Yankees than any other team. The Yankees are worth more to him in endorsements than any other team.”

But it isn’t an A+B=C kind of thing for either side. Jeter, according to Ganis, has millions of dollars worth of endorsements from Gatorade, Jordan Brand, Gillette and Ford. If Jeter stays with the Yankees, Ganis envisions Jeter’s commercial brand lasting the rest of his life.

“He becomes the Arnold Palmer of baseball,” Ganis said comparing Jeter and Palmer’s endorsement prowess. “He provides a direct link to the great Yankees past and its future.”

To recap:

  • Jeter can make more as a lifetime member of the Yanks through endorsements for life.
  • The Yanks can also benefit as a brand by staying associated with Jeter for the rest of his career.

Never has the answer been so obvious, yet there’s no avoiding the fact that we will have to go through some sort of painful birthing process before this is behind us.…

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