SAN DIEGO — The Baseball Hall of Fame resolved a long-running injustice on Sunday and also rewarded a just-miss. Alas, for Yankees fans, the news was only bad.
Marvin Miller, the groundbreaking executive director of the Players Association, and longtime catcher Ted Simmons attained Hall election by virtue of support from a 16-person committee voting on the Modern Baseball Era, covering people whose primary contributions to the game occurred between 1970 and 1987.
With a 75 percent minimum required to get in, Simmons received votes from 13 of the 16 voters, and Miller just qualified with 12. Of those who fell short, the Red Sox outfielder Dwight Evans received 8 votes, followed by outfielder-designated hitter Dave Parker (7), first baseman Steve Garvey (6) and second baseman Lou Whitaker (6).
A pair of acclaimed Yankees captains, Don Mattingly and the late Thurman Munson, each received three or fewer votes, as did former Yankees pitcher Tommy John and outfielder Dale Murphy.
Those who fell short and are still with us surely appreciated what it meant for Miller, who died in 2012 at age 95, to get his long-overdue acclaim. This marked Miller’s sixth time…