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NEW OWNERS, SAME OLD GAME

By Murray Chass

December 17, 2017

Not to disparage Derek Jeter, but it’s unlikely that he has ever read anything George Santayana ever wrote. Surely, though, he is familiar with Yogi Berra.

Whether or not Berra uttered any of his infamous Yogiisms when he and Jeter spent time together with the Yankees, the shortstop and captain might have heard Yogi’s “it’s like déjà vu all over again.”

Santayana, the late 19th Century and early 20th Century American writer and philosopher, wrote something that fits with Berra’s observation:

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

The history we’re talking about here is the history of the Miami Marlins, the team of which Jeter is chief executive officer and minority owner. Jeter was the Yankees’ shortstop who batted .346 against the Marlins in the 2003 World Series that the Marlins won.

Jeter was also the Yankees’ shortstop when the Marlins won the 1997 World Series, though he had no connection to that World Series because the Yankees lost to Cleveland in the division series of the playoffs.

Following both of those World Series, however, Jeter was aware of developments in the Marlins organization, and in his present capacity, he has ignored them. He has not learned from history (Santayana), and he has done the same thing all over again (Berra).

And I suspect if Berra were alive, the first time he encountered Jeter the first words out of his mouth might be “déjà vu all over again.”

What would Yogi be referring to? Well, in the event you had already begun your winter hibernation, resting up for next baseball season, the Marlins are …

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CLARK, 7-FOR-7, CLOBBERS MILLER AGAIN

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 …

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NOW BATTING – AGAIN – MARVIN MILLER

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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