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By Murray Chass

December 11, 2017

There is nothing like the Baseball Hall of Fame, or more precisely the people who run the Hall of Fame. They are a joke, a farce, a disgrace, a travesty, a humiliation. You get the idea. If Jane Forbes Clark didn’t own the place, she would have been booted out the back door years ago, banished in a cloud of shame.

Clark, who inherited her fortune, and her cronies held their latest election Sunday, and the board-appointed 16-man electorate put Jack Morris and Alan Trammell in the Hall.

And for the seventh time in seven tries, these addle-brained voters succeeded in keeping Marvin Miller out of the Clark asylum. That has been Clark’s primary goal for three decades, and the board-appointed voters seem to get better at it with each success.

Ten years ago Miller asked that he no longer be put on a Hall ballot, but Hall officials ignored him, just as their voters had. It’s our ball, they said in effect, and we’ll play with it when we want.

In Sunday’s election, Miller received 7 of 16 votes. Twelve votes were needed for election. Is it possible that there could be another group of baseball-knowledgeable people of whom more than half would say Miller made no impact on baseball that was worthy of the Hall of Fame?

Fay Vincent, the former commissioner, came to know Miller late in his 95-year-old life. Vincent was one of the people Miller called before he died in 2012.

“The tragedy is what it says about the people in baseball,” Vincent said of the vote. “I don’t think they want to …

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By Murray Chass

December 8, 2017

Four weeks ago, when the Hall of Fame announced the ballot for its “Modern Baseball Era” election, I speculated that the 10-man ballot had been rigged so that no one could get in the way of Marvin Miller’s long delayed election. Miller had appeared on a Hall’s veterans ballot six times and had been rejected six time.

In Miller’s 10- year period of rejection during his lifetime (he died in 2012), he saw Bowie Kuhn elected to the Hall, one of the most undeserved elections in the Hall’s history. Red Barber, the renowned baseball announcer, once declared that the three men who had made the greatest impact on baseball were Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Marvin Miller. He did not mention Bowie Kuhn, the baseball commissioner from 1969 to 1984.

Another election is upon us, and I have to admit I’m not so sure about …

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By Murray Chass

December 4, 2017

One of baseball’s four royal families has just added another jewel to its crown. Aaron Boone, brother of Bret, son of Bob and grandson of Ray, has introduced pinstripes to the Boone family coat of arms

This Boone was named manager of the Yankees last Friday, as strange as it may seem for a television analyst who has never sat in a dugout, major league or minor, as a manager or even a coach.

In his new position, he is the latest manager to become part of the trend that has consumed Major League Baseball. The game has been overrun by analytics, and they have prompted general managers, with ownership consent, if not encouragement, to assume control of the dugout as well as the front office.

The day may be near, if it isn’t here already, when the general manager fills out the lineup card in his office and sends it down to the manager in his office. To be sure, this is not …

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