Friday, January 25, 2008

It's Miller's Time (to go)

It looks as if former Brewer backstop Damian Miller will be hanging it up after a long tenure as a big leaguer.

According to Rotoworld.com and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Miller, 38, is leaning toward retirement after the Brewers opted not to resign him. I've heard rumblings of him landing a backup job in Pittsburgh among other possibile destinations but it now looks as if his career will come to an end.

Though he was never flashy and didn't exactly provide a staggering solution to the Brewers perpetual weakness at the catching position, he ushered in a face of respectability to a city that previously found names like Jessie Levis, Henry Blanco, Eddie Perez and Chad Moehler its finest catchers of the new era. In 11 plus seasons Miller registered 834 hits, 87 homers and a career .261 batting average. Most notably, he won a World Series ring with the Diamondbacks in 2001, a year that turned out to be the best offensive year of his career.

"I would have loved to come back, but I understand it's a business," Miller said of the Brewer franchise, who now hands the reigns of backup duty to the triad of Eric Munson, Miker Rivera and Vinny Rottino. I think I'll best remember the Wisconsin native for his walk off homer against the Astros last season - and for not being Johnny Estrada.

May you have a happy and fulfilling retirement, Damien.

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