Welcome to the Hall of Fame Marvin Miller.

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Baseball players with multimillion multi-year deals like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Max Scherzer, Giancarlo Stanton, Manny Machado, and Zach Grienke have Marvin Miller to thank for all the money they are making playing the America’s Pastime.

So do current free agents like Gerrit Cole, Steven Strasbourg, Anthony Rendon, and Marcell Ozuna. They are, depending on the player and signing team, about to get between $15,000,000 and $30,000,000 a year for between four to seven years.

They can thank Marvin Miller for that too.

They can also thank others like former baseball players Curt Flood, Catfish Hunter, Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally whose stands against the baseball reserve clause that tied players to their team, paved the way for free agency in baseball and other sports.

Marvin Miller, the leader of the Baseball Players Union from 1966 to 1982, helped liberate baseball players from indentured servitude to their ball clubs and made it possible for players to go to salary arbitration, earn a minimum living salary, and free agency.

He helped steer ballplayers “through five work stoppages” and made it possible for the players today to earn millions of dollars a year to play a game.

He is one of the most influential men in baseball history for over 50 years.

On December 8, 2019, the Modern Committee of the Baseball Hall of the Fame elected Marvin Miller to the Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game.

It was the eighth time Mr. Miller, who passed away in 2012, had been considered for Hall recognition.

It is a shame that the voters at the Hall had to wait until the eighth time and seven years after Mr. Miller’s passing to admit him.

Marvin Miller was a giant in American Labor Relations History.

It is only right that he is recognized for his historic contributions to the improvement in baseball player living and salary conditions.

Welcome to the Hall of Fame Marvin Miller.

 

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.