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Old 12-02-10, 04:16 AM
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Bender Bending Rodriguez, Esq.
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Frank Deford: Marvin Miller belongs in Cooperstown

As a general rule, I try to take a wide berth of Hall of Fame arguments -- especially in baseball, where what is always called the "shrine" matters more passionately to the cognoscenti. The fans who champion some old hero are ardent and unrelenting in their support of their guy. They're armed with arcane statistics. They won't take so much as "maybe" for an answer. I've even had admirers of Pete Browning, the so-called "Old Gladiator" -- whose major-league career ended in ... 1894 -- hound me. And I don't even have a vote.

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