Marvin Miller, who revolutionized sports by ushering in baseball free agency, dead at 95

  • Article by: RONALD BLUM , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 28, 2012 - 7:27 AM
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BallFourNov. 27, 1211:11 AM

Bowie the Buffoon Kuhn is in the Hall of Fame and Marvin Miller isn't? What a joke "the shrine" is.

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mythologerNov. 27, 12 2:36 PM

I do know that it was common for a family of four to be able to go to games prior to 1976 without breaking the bank. Now it costs almost as much as a small vacation to take a family of four to a game. Like everything else, it's better for the people with lots of money, and worse for everyone else. The point is, as a percentage of income for most people, the cost of attending has increased hundreds of fold, and the quality of play is no better. Those guys could play double headers every week, and injuries were the exception rather than the rule.

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BallFourNov. 27, 12 3:20 PM

MLB attendance climbs almost annually and dwarfs what it was pre-free agency. And like anything that is successful, the product is priced right. (Mostly, people who complain about the price haven't attended a game in years, because the games are affordable; no one is forcing anyone to buy $8 beer and $90 memorabilia. A ticket to a big-league game is chearp, unless you go once every five years, make an event of it and let the kids have all they want of everything. If the price wasn't right, MLB would not be flourishing, as it is, and player salary and ticket prices have never moved in lockstep for exactly that reason. (For many decades, corporate America is what subsidizes pro sports, not the fan who shows up now and then.) As for doubleheaders: few wanted to attend them. As for injuries: just as many then as now. More of them career-ending. The good old days. They really weren't so good.

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tom322Nov. 27, 12 4:03 PM

Marvin Miller was a very intelligent individual, arguably the most intelligent man in a room where MLB's labor relations were being discussed. He was so shrewd that when the first labor contract was being discussed many baseball players pushed for full free agency. The owners responded with a requirement for a six-year minimum obligation of a player to his original signing organization. The players initially balked at that, but Miller urged them to agree to it. He told them their salaries would go up because of it. He knew that by limiting the number of players available for bidding the bidding prices of them would go up, which they did. He understood that free agency is a players' auction and that, like any type of auction, when high demand is matched with a limited available supply the price for purchase would increase. The owners were more concerned about the economic ceiling. Miller was more concerned about the economic floor, and calculated his negotiating strategy with that in mind. His cool calculating in dealing with Major League Baseball's owners greatly benefited the Players Association in particular and Major League Baseball players overall.

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