Posted on 05 February 2010 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs and Kevin Millar agreed upon a minor league deal on Thursday as we previously speculated earlier this week. Millar is a long shot to make the team – he will battling Micah Hoffpauir and Chad Tracy for the back-up role at 1st base behind Derrek Lee. At 38 years of age, coming off a down year in which he hit just .223 in 78 games with the Blue Jays, he has his work cut out for him.
Millar will certainly be an entertaining presence in Mesa this Spring Training. Millar is a goofy, affable guy like his former Marlins teammate Ryan Dempster. Both mouthed off to each during Spring Training 2008 when Millar was with the Baltimore Orioles, so there should be some funny pranks to write about over the next 2 months.
One funny Millar-fact – he hit his 1st major league home run at Wrigley Field – of the inside-the-park-variety – on May 24, 1999. Maybe we’ll see him hit a home run at Wrigley Field during the 2010 MLB schedule…
Posted on 01 February 2010 by Lou
It looks like the Cubs are close to offering veteran Kevin Millar an invitation to Spring Training 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Millar played in 78 games for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009 and he batted just .223. Millar has played 12 major league baseball seasons with the Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Blue Jays. Millar has a career batting average of .274 and he has clubbed 170 HR’s.
Millar has a little bit of history with 2 current Cubs – Ryan Dempster and Derrek Lee. The trio were teammates on the Florida Marlins. Millar had this to say about the whole free agency landscape in the current economic climate: “It’s been a very slow market as you have seen this offseason, but things have worked out. I’m excited to have a chance to compete for a spot with the Cubbies. I have a lot of buddies on that team.”
Not sure what Millar would offer to the Cubs. He is 38 years old and doesn’t look like he can hit anymore. We’ll keep you posted if he officially gets the invite, but it is unlikely that he will have any major impact for the Cubs during the 2010 MLB schedule. On the other hand, if he does make the club, he will quickly become a fan favorite at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field because of his goofy demeanor and clubhouse comraderie…