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Kevin Millar retires and joins MLB Network

Apr 21, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

Kevin Millar was released by the Cubs at the end of spring training after failing to beat out Chad Tracy for a bench spot and the 38-year-old veteran of a dozen seasons has apparently decided to call it quits.
Millar has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst and will make his debut next week, which makes perfect sense given his reputation as an outgoing, media-friendly player.
If he’s indeed retired, Millar finishes his 12-year career as a .274/.358/.452 hitter with 170 homers in 1,427 games, which is remarkable for a guy who got his professional start in an independent league and didn’t become a regular in the majors until age 27.

  1. Luis - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    I’m pretty sure he’s like 38.

  2. Big Harold - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    I hated that SOB when he was with the Red Sox. He was never a great hitter but it seemed that the hits he got were important.
    I do look forward to him being on air because he was always good for a quote or ad lib.

  3. Joe - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Millar’s 38, not 34.
    It was fun to follow his career, good hitter and quite a character. He’s possibly the best hitter to come through Portland, Maine.

  4. elbonte - Apr 21, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    One more replacement player down. How many are left in the league now?

  5. BC - Apr 21, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    I think there’s only 2 left. Brendan Donnelly and Matt Herges.
    Here’s the list:

  6. Joe - Apr 21, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Ron Mahay was one. Not sure why that matters?

  7. BC - Apr 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    It’s like back in the 80’s, watching the number of NHL players who were grandfathered in on the helmet rule. Fewer and fewer of them without a helmet each year.
    PS. Craig MacTavish was the last one, for those of you playing at home.

  8. J. McCann - Apr 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    It matters since the replacement players are not in the video games. So pretty soon we will finally have 100% accurate rosters. If only every minor leaguer could be in the games’ farm systems too.
    Also, I always worry if one of the replacement players will affect team chemistry if they are on a team with a Mr. Union teammate.

  9. OsandRoyals - Apr 21, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    I’m excited. While he wasn’t a spectacular player he had some pretty impressive hits and some quite important ones.
    So outta curiosity. Any reason why the photo shows Millar wearing an Os cap? He played for Toronto last year, so I would have assumed that the picture would have been updated.

  10. (Not That) Tom - Apr 21, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Now if only he can use this as a springboard to replace Remy in the booth, my life would be complete.

  11. Nasty Boy - Apr 21, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    It’s about time , now if the rest of those idiots that played with him on the series team would retire , baseball would be better off, most of them were roid heads. A very tainted supposed World Series championship. OK , all you scumbag sux fans jump in , your all jerk-offs anyway .

  12. dp - Apr 21, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    I didn’t know anyone lived there .

  13. OsandRoyals - Apr 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Does this also include Damon? I’m assuming that you’re a Yankees fan (Does anybody else care enough to hate the sawx?) So what does that make the 90s and early 2000 yankees teams? Roger Clemens need i say anymore?
    Most if not all teams during that time had steroid users. Don’t presume that because your team had only a small number of users named on the Mitchell List that there weren’t more. Low-hanging fruit and all that

  14. Grant - Apr 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    I would have expected either Toronto or the Red Sox. His last team and his most famous, respectively.

  15. Nasty Boy - Apr 21, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Your right , just because the Yanks had a smaller number of users doesn’t make it right . I just hate that team and their fans. Every time I go to an Angels game one of them (sux fan) is getting his ass kicked , either in the stands , or the parking lot . They are the biggest assholes that come to Angel games . They make N.Y. fans look like altar boys .

  16. Daniel Watkins - Apr 23, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    You go to an Angels game and see a Red Sox fan getting his ass kicked and your conclusion is that… Red Sox fans are assholes.

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