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There should’ve been a moment of silence for Marvin Miller yesterday

Sep 3, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

Marvin Miller

Or some sort of acknowledgement of one of the foremost labor leaders in history on Labor Day. I suppose he probably wouldn’t have much cared, though, so it’s fine.

But what’s not fine is how little fans in general appreciate Marvin Miller and misapprehend what he did for both players and the game.  People have been brainwashed in this country for the past 30 years that labor unions are bad, workers are lazy and the people who own businesses are justified in making their billions while those who have contributed their work to all of that are vilified as socialists for even asking for a piece of it.

But watch this video essay from Keith Olbermann about Miller in which he explains how none of the horrors imagined by baseball owners and fans ever came to pass as a result of free agencies and rising player salaries. And remember, as Olbermann notes, that it wasn’t a player who just signed a $6 billion contract, it was the Los Angeles Dodgers. And no one ever accuses them of being greedy the way players are so accused.

Hope you had a happy Labor Day. Hope you remembered what the day is for.

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