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Selig backs Marvin Miller for Hall of Fame
2007-04-26 18:19
by Bob Timmermann

Not that his vote counts for anything and the Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans Committee isn't scheduled to vote again on non-players for two years, but Commissioner Bud Selig said today that he believes former Players Association chief Marvin Miller deserves a plaque in Cooperstown.

"The criteria for non-playing personnel is the impact they made on the sport. Therefore Marvin Miller should be in the Hall of Fame on that basis," Selig said Thursday at a meeting of the Associated Press Sports Editors. "Maybe there are not a lot of my predecessors who would agree with that, but if you're looking for people who make an impact on the sport, yes, you would have to say that."

Selig also said he hasn't determined if he will be present if or when Barry Bonds passes Hank Aaron's career home run record and that he does anticipate any changes being made to baseball's record books because of the use of performance enhancing drugs.



2007-04-26 18:41:28
1.   El Lay Dave
I'm surprised Selig would go on the record with a position on Marvin Miller and the HOF. I agree with him.
2007-04-26 22:28:04
2.   Greg Brock
Marvin Miller should absolutely be in the Hall of Fame. If we're talking impact, he's a lock. It's surprising that the Union hasn't been all over this.

Of course, 90% of players probably don't even know who he is.

2007-04-26 23:39:29
3.   Eric Enders
Miller is, of course, an obvious slam-dunk selection for the HOF. But because he ruffled the wrong feathers, he's gotta wait a while. Branch Rickey and Bill Veeck also had to wait much, much longer than they should have. Neither of them lived to see their own induction, and neither will Miller.

The cynic in me (which, come to think of it, is pretty much all of me) sees this statement by Selig as attempting to pave the way for his own eventual induction. He thinks a guy who a lot of people hated, but who had an undeniably huge impact on the game, should get in. Hmm.

In Selig's quote above, replace the name "Marvin Miller" with "Bud Selig" and you will see what I'm talking about.

2007-04-26 23:44:01
4.   Bob Timmermann
I agree with Eric, but I wasn't feeling all that cynical when I posted it.

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