Dugout Dirt: Marvin Miller and the Hall of Fame

The official BBWAA ballot was released at noon today but one name was not on that list. One name that is one of the most influential people in baseball history and the writers have never had the chance to vote on him and they never will.

When it comes to executives and umpires, they are voted in by the Hall of Fame veterans committee. Marvin Miller, the legendary executive director of the Major League Players Association, was one of the most influential names in baseball history.

“Marvin Miller is certainly one of the ten most impactful people in baseball history,” Bob Costas said yesterday during coverage on the MLB Network after the news of Miller’s death broke.

It’s very true. Miller was at the helm of the MLBPA when helped lead the fight for players to be allowed to file for free agency back in 1975 after Curt Flood refused to report to the Philadelphia Phillies when he was traded in 1969.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig told the MLB Network a few years ago that Miller belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Marvin Miller belongs in the Hall of Fame, if the criteria is what impact you had on the sport, whatever way one wants to value that impact,” Selig said in an interview with the Major League Baseball Network. “Yes, Marvin Miller should be in the Hall.”

Under his tenture from 1966 to 1982, Miller accomplished so much:

• Negotiated first collective bargaining agreement in professional sports in 1968
• Helped players negotiate right to arbitration in 1970, leading to free agency in 1975
• Guided players through three strikes and two lockouts
• Fell one vote shy of induction into Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010 (via Expansion Era committee)
• Next eligible for Hall of Fame in 2013
• Minimum salary was $6,000 when he joined MLBPA in 1968; was $33,500 when he left in 1982; was $480,000 in 2012.

It cannot be called a Hall of Fame without the inclusion of Marvin Miller.

Miller will be considered in 2013 for induction to the Hall of Fame. They need to get it right this time.

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