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.