MLB union exec Miller, C Sim­mons hon­ored

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

Marvin Miller, the union leader who rev­o­lu­tion­ized base­ball by em­pow­er­ing play­ers to ne­go­ti­ate mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar con­tracts and to play for teams of their own choos­ing, was elected to base­ball's Hall of Fame on Sun­day along with for­mer St. Louis Car­di­nals catcher Ted Sim­mons.

Af­ter fall­ing short in his first seven times on vet­er­ans com­mit­tee bal­lots, Miller re­ceived 12 of 16 votes from this year's 16-man mod­ern com­mit­tee, ex­actly the 75% re­quired. Sim­mons was on 13 bal­lots, and for­mer Bos­ton out­fielder Dwight Evans was third with eight.

Miller, who died at age 95 in 2012, led the Ma­jor League Base­ball Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion from 1966-82, a time when play­ers gained 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.

Miller and Sim­mons will be in­ducted into Coop­er­stown dur­ing cer­e­monies on July 26 along with any play­ers cho­sen next month by the Base­ball Writ­ers' As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica.

Sim­mons, an eight-time All-Star dur­ing a 21-year big league ca­reer, was a switch-hit­ter who bat­ted .285 with 248 homers and 1,389 RBIs for St. Louis (1968-80), Mil­wau­kee (1981-85) and At­lanta (1986-88).

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