Marvin Miller doesn’t think he’s going to make it into the Hall of Fame

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For years Marvin Miller has been on the Hall of Fame ballot, and for years he has failed to gain admittance. A lot of it has to do with the makeup of the veteran’s committee voting process.  For a long time the pool consisted of old timers who were likely resentful of the big money Miller and the union brought to the modern players, too late to themselves any good.  For a good spell it was just outrageously tough for anyone to get in via the veteran’s committee, even if they weren’t a difficult and controversial guy like Miller is.  Now, however, it may be a tad easier to gain admittance via the VC, and you’d think a younger slate of electors would help.  What do you think Marvin Miller?

“I looked at the list of 16 voters. Jim Palmer was a great pitcher, but he was an anti-union sonuvabitch. There are others, not in Palmer’s class but in the doubtful class.”

Alrighty then!

Miller has long said he doesn’t want to be in the Hall of Fame.  I’m guessing if he he keeps saying stuff like that, he’ll continue to get his wish.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.