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Orioles Moving On From Kevin Millar

By Tim Dierkes [January 29, 2009 at 11:36pm CST]

Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun talked to free agent first baseman Kevin Millar, who will not be offered a contract from the Orioles for '09.  Millar is surprised and frustrated by their lack of interest, saying:

"Yeah, the bottom line is, obviously, they want to go in a different direction.  Now, what that means, I don't know. Are they going to win games this year? No. Obviously we know that going in. You've got to be realistic."

True, the team isn't quite ready to contend, but it's rare to hear a player say it so bluntly.  Millar has drawn interest from the Blue Jays and Giants so far this winter.  He hit .234/.323/.394 in 610 plate appearances in '08.


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He's upset because he stunk this year and he's afraid of the looming minor league contract he'll be offered. It's understandable.

they must have really treated him like crap

I talked to him for a few at FanFest '08. He is a god guy. Better clubhouse guy then ball player. I think the O's are mostly trying to go younger. and with a very limited bench it would be hard to hold onto him as a RH DH/1B. If he could play 3B or LF decently it would make sense but I think its better for him to find a place where he can play more.

I'd love to see him in the O's booth. He seems like he was born to be a baseball analyst.

I do wish him the best though

"they must have really treated him like crap"

No, they treated him good, better than most would have in fact because they allowed him to be an everyday player, which is why he wanted to stay because he will not be an everyday player on any other team, He will be a bench player and backup first basemen. So what if the Orioles are not going to win this year, it's about the future and having an old guy who will take away at bats from younger players that can help in the future would not be very smart for a rebuilding team, Millar should know this is how baseball works. He is only making himself look bad by taking cheap shots and showing his lack of class and that he is a bitter and desperate man. It was time for the Orioles to move on.

XD23, your right about him making a good baseball analyst. I saw him sitting in for a couple days on the MLB Network Hot Stove show and he was pretty good on there.

MILLLLAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH

Some team should sign him for one year + an option to see if he can return to the great player he was with Boston. If the Giants sign him, they wont need Crede and Sandoval stays at 3rd base , which is scary..he might get winded doing a belly flop dive for a hot shot to 3rd base (he is a big guy, id rather see him on first)
As for the Blue Jays he could be a good hitter in front of Vernon Wells, potentially help out the offense for the Jays

He's an awesome cheerleader so dude could be a good coach. I think the Orioles should give him s low level coaching job.

His comment was definitely a bit of a cheap shot, but that said it was also hilarious.

"A different direction? Oh what, are you going to win games this year?!" I'd have paid to be there.

He is a jerk. Bitter, a shameless self-promoter, and takes cheapshots at the only organization that allowed him to play everyday. He does this crap all the time. He was essentially begging for a job and was camped out on our managers front lawn all offseason. Thank God this article wasn't longer it saved the MLBTradeRumor fans three more paragraphs of him talking about his pointless intangibles like, "I'm a clubhouse leader", "My offense was down, but I still hit 20 HRs", etc.

Good riddance to the walking mouth.

Good riddance indeed. A year too late, but he's finally gone...

Ugh, you go into the Red Sox organization as a fresh apple and you come out rotten. It's all downhill from there.

Ugh, you go into the Red Sox organization as a fresh apple and you come out rotten. It's all downhill from there.

Posted by: Russell | January 30, 2009 at 07:24 AM

Profound. You should get a job working for ESPN. It's a shame to waste your keen insight into baseball on the Internet.

It was a bit of a cheap shot but I can understand his frustration. I was kinda hoping the O's would sign him for this year, just because he is such a good clubhouse leader and this team could use that kind of veteran leadership. That being said, I also met him at fanfest and I agree completely with XD23 and think he would be a great analyst or even coach someday.

Could Millar play a decent enough LF to fit on a one year deal in Atlanta? He'd probably come cheap at this point, and since Wren obviously isn't making plays for Dunn or Abreu, I figure it's worth a shot...

Uh oh....I think this means the Twins will sign him.
All the warning signs are there:
Clubhouse leader
bad player
gritty
overpaid
would take ABs away from younger, better, cheaper players

Oh God it's gonna happen

Could Millar play a decent enough LF to fit on a one year deal in Atlanta? He'd probably come cheap at this point, and since Wren obviously isn't making plays for Dunn or Abreu, I figure it's worth a shot...

Posted by: bamabosoxfan | January 30, 2009 at 08:44 AM

Have you ever seen Millar RUN? It takes him 3.9 to get out of the batter's box, let alone all the way down to first base. I don't think putting him out there with all that extra grass is a good idea, not nearly enough range.

because Toronto needs another middle of the road utility player? pass

Have you ever seen Millar RUN? It takes him 3.9 to get out of the batter's box, let alone all the way down to first base. I don't think putting him out there with all that extra grass is a good idea, not nearly enough range.

Posted by: PS314 | January 30, 2009 at 09:36 AM

Fair enough... I saw him play in Boston when he was still in good health. He filled in some RF for a while when Trot Nixon got hurt. Didn't know if he could still handle a daily outfield gig. Thanks.

Jim Edmonds posted a mid 800's OPS last year and he has zero offers. Kevin Millar was horrible and he's the one crying about it?

If no one is going to sign him, he will contact boston ask them. He will be the bat coming off the bench in 2009 just like sean casey was in 2008. he loves boston, boston loves him. he throw the first pitch out in a WORLD SERIES game, while he was with the O's. He is a great leader in the club house, if tek doesnt come back....

Isn't this the same guy that said the Orioles were going to win the "World Series" last year in response to Ryan Dempster saying the Cubs would win it?

Don't forget Kevin that you are a SCAB player and if it werent for a strike you wouldnt even be in the Majors. His alias name was Mike Butcher. What a loser.

he cant be frustrated he sucked terribly last year hitting .234 in 610 plate appearences so he should be happy to even have one offer for a one year deal

i hated him ever since he threw out the first pitch at the red sox playoff game a few years ago.

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