Neyer: Marvin Miller is poster boy for larger Hall of Fame dilemma

From SABR member Rob Neyer at Yahoo! Sports on January 24, 2018:

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s got a Marvin Miller problem.

Every few years, Marvin Miller’s on a Hall of Fame ballot and he’s not elected, and for a day or two there are stories all over the internet about the former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association not getting elected.

It’s not a huge problem. Baseball fans aren’t going on hunger strikes. Cooperstown’s economy isn’t about to collapse.

It is a problem, though. Nobody wants to read negative stories about themselves, and so it can’t be any fun for the folks who run the Hall of Fame.

You might argue that Miller is just the poster boy for a larger problem: the Hall of Fame’s got a problem with people who made enormous, perhaps revolutionary contributions to baseball, but don’t quite fit into one of the traditional boxes.

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Originally published: January 24, 2018. Last Updated: January 24, 2018.