Changing sports teams’ racist names is a start

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Get Kenesaw Mountain Landis’ name off of the MVP trophy

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The U.S. government would love to use MLB as a distraction, again

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How did the MLB commissioner get the power to suspend player contracts?

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The History of Baseball Unionization: The Players Protective Association

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The History of Baseball Unionization: The Brotherhood of Professional Baseball Players

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John Buck learned about Curt Flood, and made sure other players would, too

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Gerrit Cole signed with the Yankees for a massive nine-year, $324 million deal that gave him the largest annual average payout of any deal in MLB. It’s the kind of contract that’s only possible because free agency, as an institution, exists: Cole was allowed to go into the open market, freed from the initial deal he inked when the Pirates drafted him in 2011 and then brought him to the majors in 2013, and agreed to sign with the team he wanted to, for the immense money they had to offer in order to show it wasn’t a one-way desire.

It feels like a given these days that this order of operations exists, but Cole didn’t forget that the existence of free agency is what brought him to this point, and during his press conference introducing him as a Yankee, he thanked the first Executive Director of the Players Association, Marvin Miller, and Curt Flood, who challenged MLB and its longstanding reserve clause, for what they did to allow the moment Cole was in to even exist. On its own, it was an excellent gesture, the kind of thing Miller himself said didn’t happen often enough in his own time guiding the players’ union, but the backstory makes it an even better moment.

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50 years ago today, Curt Flood challenged MLB’s reserve clause

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Marvin Miller is in the Hall of Fame… now what?

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25 years later, the 1994 strike is still the MLB owners’ fault

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