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Kevin Millar puts off TV gig for independent ball

May 5, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

Last month, after failing to land spot on the Cubs’ bench, Kevin Millar retired and took a job with MLB Network, saying:

Working with the guys at the MLB Network is the next best thing to actually being in a clubhouse. I’m really excited to get started and have some fun.

In the three weeks since then Millar apparently changed his mind, because today he signed to play for the independent league St. Paul Saints.
Millar actually began his professional career with the Saints in 1993, back when he was 21 years old and they frequently had players snatched up by MLB organizations. In fact, five different guys from that 1993 team went on to play in the majors.
Millar signed with the Marlins in 1994 and after four more seasons in the minors eventually got his shot, playing a dozen seasons with Florida, Boston, Baltimore, and Toronto. He returns 17 years later, apparently unwilling to call it quits at age 38. Clearly “the next best thing to actually being in a clubhouse” can’t compete with actually being in a clubhouse, independent league or not.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for MLB Network informs me that Millar “will still continue his on-air role on MLB Network throughout this season” and in fact will be on “MLB Tonight” … well, tonight.

  1. Evan - May 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Independent baseball, Aaron.

  2. Strawberry - May 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Darrrrryl.
    Darrrrryl.
    Darrrrryl.

  3. Ron - May 5, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Someone should forward this to Bryce Harper.

  4. jwb - May 5, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    I think if Bryce Harper isn’t drafted, he’ll go back to Southern Nevada for another year.

  5. Nasty Boy - May 5, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Millar should take Ortiz the roid head with him . Talk about a tainted World Series the one with all the Blosux roid heads . Think about it .

  6. smyd - May 5, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    hey nasty boy… you’re an idiot.

  7. Nasty Boy - May 6, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Check your grammar and tell me who the idiot is . Did you get to the sixth grade ? you jerk- off.

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