Dec 9, 2019

Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons elected into Baseball Hall of Fame

Marvin Miller, speaking in 1972. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

Last night, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that groundbreaking union leader Marvin Miller and former catcher Ted Simmons were voted into Cooperstown by the 16-person Modern Era Committee.

The big picture: Miller was head of the MLBPA from 1966 to 1982, leading the union through five work stoppages, overseeing the birth of free agency and bringing team owners to the table to hammer out professional sports' first collective bargaining agreement.

  • Simmons was an eight-time All-Star (six with the Cardinals, two with the Brewers) and hit .300 or higher seven times. Among players who were primarily catchers, his RBIs (1,389) are second only to Yogi Berra and his hits (2,471) are second only to Ivan Rodriguez.

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MLB's plan to overhaul its minor league system

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As part of MLB's desire to overhaul the minor league system and streamline player development, it wants to sever its parent-club relationship with 42 minor league teams, entirely eliminating some and reorganizing others into a lower-quality "Dream League."

Why it matters: Major league clubs currently provide and pay for the farm club's players and staff, leaving the minor league organization to cover things like fields, equipment and travel.

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Podcast: Bernie's baseball battle

Major League Baseball recently announced plans to sever its relationships to 42 minor league teams, sparking bipartisan protest from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Dan digs in with Axios Sports Editor Kendall Baker.

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MLB to remove marijuana from list of abuse drugs, test for opioids, cocaine

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Major League Baseball announced on Thursday plans to remove marijuana from its list of drugs of abuse, instead treating it the same as alcohol, ESPN reports.

But, but, but: The league will begin testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who refuse to cooperate with treatment plans will be subject to disciplinary action. Testing was previously limited to performance enhancing drugs and prohibited stimulants.

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