Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons heading into Baseball Hall of Fame

Tanya Simon
December 11, 2019

It's only fitting that sports labor pioneer Marvin Miller finally found his way into the Hall of Fame as the industry gathers here this week. The five-time All-Star and 1997 National League MVP, who played for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals, has been on the Hall of Fame ballot for nine years. Miller died at age 95 in 2012. Simmons, who was a Padres bench coach for Bud Black from 2009 to 2010, appeared on 13.

Through five work stoppages, Miller consistently won battles on the player's behalf, including his frequent outwitting of Commissioner Bowie Kuhn - who was inducted into baseball's HoF way back in 2008. The 2020 ballot also included Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, the late Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Lou Whitaker. He helped players gain the right to free agency after six seasons of big league service, to salary arbitration and to grievance arbitration.

Former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons and players' union executive Marvin Miller were both elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee on Sunday. Simmons hit.285/.348/.437 with 248 homers over 21 seasons and 9685 plate appearances from 1968-1988, and he ranks second all-time among all catchers in hits (2472), doubles (483), and RBI (1389).

After falling short in his first seven times on veterans committee ballots, Miller received the required 75 per cent support from this year's 16-man modern committee.

"If it weren't for the analytics people, my career as a potential Hall of Famer probably would have been shut down and forgotten a long time ago", Simmons said, according to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com.

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Simmons starred for 21 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Atlanta Braves.

Simmons will be introduced 3 p.m. Monday at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

They'll be joined by anyone selected on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot, the results of which will be announced next month.

That voting is now underway.

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