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“We are all grateful for his contributions,” Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander wrote on Twitter. “His legacy will live on for generations.”

It’s long past time for that legacy to live on at the Hall of Fame.

Only now, it’s too late for Miller himself to savor it.

This is one of those times when baseball seems so small, so petty.

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Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.or or www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963