Marvin Miller’s legacy was, in a nutshell, the laying of the groundwork for elites to make billions of dollars they wouldn’t have otherwise made by allowing them to cast of the chains of an anti-competitive system and market their services to the highest bidder. Those who suffered as a result of his work, at least initially, were men who preferred to act in a sheltered collective, wished to squelch free market competition and who then, as now, preferred to depend on government subsidies rather than utilize their own capital, ingenuity and work in order to grow their businesses.
So, naturally, he was suspected of being a godless, American-hating communist, to the point where the FBI kept a big file on him. Deadspin obtained the file and has all the details. Upshot: Miller wasn’t a danger to the Republic.
But I am struck by how, in the United States, everyone is supposed to value the making of money except the people who actually work to make it. When they want it, lookout! Communists!
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?