Published: Wed, December 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Union exec Marvin Miller elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Union exec Marvin Miller elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

The Modern Era ballot is one of the Hall of Fame's veteran committees, which in recent years were re-categorized by era and now rotate annually.

Miller, who died in 2012 at age 95, likewise has had strong outside support for induction. This year's panel consisted of, as always, a mixture of former players, executives, owners, journalists, and historians - Sandy Alderson, George Brett, Rod Carew, Bill Center, Dave Dombrowski, Dennis Eckersley, David Glass, Steve Hirdt, Walt Jocketty, Doug Melvin, Eddie Murray, Jack O'Connell, Tracy Ringolsby, Terry Ryan, Ozzie Smith, and Robin Yount.

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In 2008, Miller - angered by a perceived anti-union bias that he felt was keeping him out of the Hall - publicly asked to no longer be considered for election.

The Modern Era Committee is a 16-member panel composed of Hall of Fame players, Major League Baseball team executives and media members. The rules allow players to be on the ballot for a maximum of 10 years. Candidates needed 12 votes (75 percent) for election. These eight players will again be eligible for consideration during the next Modern Era vote in December 2022. He received just 3.7% of the vote during his lone appearance on the BBWAA ballot in 1994. It was surprising both then and now that Simmons' career didn't make much of an impact on the writers, given that he has always been regarded as one of the best-hitting catchers in the history of the sport. He is second all-time in both hits and RBIs among players who spent at least half their careers as a catcher. He played 13 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. That 43.8% of total votes is the highest it has received in a Hall of Fame vote. He helped players gain the right to free agency after six seasons of big league service, to salary arbitration and to grievance arbitration. He led the union through five work stoppages and was an adviser during three more after he retired. Both Simmons and Miller will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame On July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y., alongside the rest of the 2020 class as selected by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

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