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Marvin Miller, who was executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1966 to 1982, died yesterday at age 95.

Miller was one of the most influential labor leaders ever, and certainly one of the most influential people ever in professional sports. His work for the Players Association resulted in the overturning of the "reserve clause" that kept players in perpetual servitude to team owners for relatively low pay, and ushered in the era of free agency that forever changed the game - not to mention influencing virtually every other American professional sport.
KC's View:
I think it is fair to say, as a fan, that there are both upsides and downsides to how baseball has changed since Miller's tenure. While players may have been exploited before his groundbreaking work, it certainly seems now like their salaries are inflated beyond all common sense.

On the other hand, most owners have no idea how to hit a curve or throw a strike or turn a double play ... and so my sympathies are much more with the players than the owners.

I will tell you one thing. Miller ought to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. No question.