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Mets' David Wright can thank Marvin Miller for his $100 million contract

Mets' David Wright can thank Marvin Miller for his $100 million contract
BY JED HUGHES
COMMENTARY

While Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson were the most transformative figures in baseball during the first half of 20th century, Marvin Miller, a labor economist who never had an at-bat in the Major Leagues, ranks as perhaps the most influential figure during the game's past 50 years.

Beginning in 1966, Miller led the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) for a quarter century. A native New Yorker, he spent his life as a labor negotiator, first at the National Labor Relations Board and later with the auto workers' and the steelworkers' unions.

In 1968, Miller negotiated baseball's first collective bargaining agreement with the team owners that increased the minimum salary from $6,000 to $10,000. In 1970, he pushed for arbitration of player salaries. Prior to that, disputes went to the Commissioner.

After an independent arbitrator ruled that Charlie Finley failed to make a payment stipulated in Catfish Hunter's contract with the Oakland A's, the 1974 AL Cy Young Award was able to sign with another team. The Yankees offered him a 5-year, $3.5 million deal in 1975. During the years Miller led the union, the average annual baseball salaries skyrocketed. Just this week, David Wright of the Mets became the newest member of the "$100 Million Club," and the average player salary is now more than $3 million annually. Players today owe Marvin Miller a debt of gratitude.

 

Len Berman's Top 5: On college coaches and ethics; musings from Tom Watson and Vin Scully appeal

Len Berman's Top 5: On college coaches and ethics; musings from Tom Watson and Vin Scully appeal
BY LEN BERMAN
TOP 5 FOR DEC. 5, 2012

1. Quick Hits

There was some optimism after a long negotiating session as several NHL players and owners met face to face. They'll resume talking today.

The Red Sox ar...

Len Berman's Top 5: Is the golden era nearing an end for the Yankees?

Len Berman's Top 5: Is the golden era nearing an end for the Yankees?
BY LEN BERMAN
TOP 5 FOR DEC. 4, 2012

1. Quick Hits

It's a horse race. Washington beat the Giants last night 17-16, so the Giants now lead Washington and Dallas by just one game with 4 to go.

Hockey talks ...

New York Giants vs. Redskins preview: Eli Manning and RGIII set for rematch

New York Giants vs. Redskins preview: Eli Manning and RGIII set for rematch
BY SAM HITCHCOCK
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

The most astonishing thing about this year’s rookie quarterbacks is not just how good they are, but how resilient they are at captaining their teams.

For ...

Len Berman's Top 5: NFL has two intriguing QB controversies

Len Berman's Top 5: NFL has two intriguing QB controversies
BY LEN BERMAN
TOP 5 FOR DEC. 3, 2012

1. Quick Hits

The Kansas City Chiefs broke an 8 game losing streak by beating Carolina 27-21 a day after linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then com...

Yankees' Derek Jeter fat after broken ankle ... or just a bad angle?

Yankees' Derek Jeter fat after broken ankle ... or just a bad angle?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The spotlight in the New York area shines like no other, but the question may be raised as to whether some things are actually news.

We report, you decide. Photos have s...

Rutgers cancels Adidas contract sighting overseas conflict

Rutgers cancels Adidas contract sighting overseas conflict
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi has announced the cancellation of the school’s contract with Adidas because of allegations that the company denied severan...

N.Y. Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals preview: The relatives you don't want to see

N.Y. Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals preview: The relatives you don't want to see
BY SAM HITCHCOCK
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

The Jets are becoming those relatives you don’t really like but are forced to see because of the holidays. So let’s make this as painless as possible, es...

USA Soccer plans new women's league, but can Sky Blue make green?

USA Soccer plans new women's league, but can Sky Blue make green?
BY JOE FAVORITO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
ON N.J. SPORTS MARKETING

Last week USA Soccer announced yet another attempt at a professional women’s league for 2013 as a way to grow the game and most importantly ...

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