Monday, February 1, 2010

Kevin Millar (94) signs with Cubs

Kevin Millar signed a one year minor league contract with a spring training invite with the Chicago Cubs. He will fight to be on the bench for the Cubs this year.

Last year he played for the Toronto Blue Jays hitting .223, which was the lowest he has ever hit in a 12 year major league career. He also had his lowest amount of games played as a major leaguer with 78. He hit 7 homers and had 29 runs batted in.

The previous three years he played in Baltimore where he was a designated hitter and first baseman.His average has fallen every year in the major since he hit .297 in 2004 to help lead the Boston Red Sox to their first title in 86 years.

He played in Boston from 2003 thru 2005, before that he was in Florida, where he hit a career high .314 in 2001.

Kevin is one of the few to have come out of the independent leagues and stay in baseball for a long major league career. He started out playing in 1993 for the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League. Cougar fans will remember him for his 1994 season in Geneva in which he played in 135 games and hit .302 with 19 homer and 93 runs batted in.

After that he played in 95 in Brevard County, then spent two years in both Portland, Maine and then two years in AAA for the Marlins. One in Charlotte and one in Calgary.

He is going to be 38 this year. He was orginally purchased by the Marlins from the Saints in September of 93. In 2003 he was purchased from Florida from Boston. In 2006 he signed a free agent contract with Baltimore and in 2009 with Toronto.

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