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Josh Rawitch begins tenure as Baseball HOF President tomorrow

JOSH RAWITCH is taking over as President of the Baseball HOF in Cooperstown, N.Y., tomorrow, the day after JEFF IDELSON, the current interim President, "presides over his last induction ceremony," according to Steve Henson of the L.A. TIMES. Rawitch, a longtime communications and PR exec with the Dodgers and D-backs, will take on a job that "puts him in charge of a museum that celebrates the history of the national pastime and has nearly 100 full-time employees, a vast library that is the foremost repository of baseball information, and a Hall of Fame registry of 333 inductees, 72 of whom are alive." It is a position Rawitch "didn’t expect," because when Idelson decided to step down in '19, longtime Angels communications exec TIM MEAD was "chosen by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors to succeed him." Mead held the job for two years before resigning in April because the "bicoastal commute required to spend sufficient time with his family in Southern California became intolerable during the pandemic." Mead is "thrilled that Rawitch -- who considers Mead a mentor -- is taking the job," and he has "only fond memories of his time at the helm." Keeping the museum "engaging for new generations of baseball fans was a priority" for Idelson and JANE FORBES CLARK, the granddaughter of HOF founder STEPHEN CLARK and Chair of the BOD since '00. Rawitch "plans to continue the effort" (L.A. TIMES, 9/7).

LONG TIME COMING: MARVIN MILLER, the first Exec Dir of the MLBPA, is being inducted into the HOF today after being elected in his eighth bid, and he made clear before dying in ’12 that “if he were ever inducted, he would prefer his family not participate in the ceremony.” He had “come to view the selection process as a ‘farce,’ as he wrote in his request to be taken off the ballot, and even in death, he did not want anyone to get the impression that he had felt otherwise.” Miller’s son, PETER, feels the ceremony is “both an achievement that he feels has been deserved for decades, and an occasion that he feels obligated to sit out.” Peter Miller said, “He really did not seek personal fame for himself, and that’s, I guess, another reason that he didn’t seek induction to the Hall. He didn’t want to make it all about himself.” However, Peter feels “at peace with the way that it has played out.” He has “spoken with representatives of the Hall several times since his father was elected, and rather than discomfort around the situation, he feels there is a mutual understanding” (SI.com, 9/8). Former MLB Commissioner FAY VINCENT wrote a special to the WALL STREET JOURNAL under the header, "Marvin Miller Belongs in Cooperstown." Vincent wrote, "He is now being recognized for having built the MLBPA into one of the most powerful and successful unions in the country" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/7).

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