Kevin Charles Millar (/mɪˈlɑːr/; born September 24, 1971) is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) and current analyst for MLB Network. He played in MLB for the Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Toronto Blue Jays from 1998 through 2009. He is currently a host along with Chris Rose on the MLB Network show Intentional Talk, and (as of late-March 2018) the show's companion audio podcast "Intentional Talk: Caught Listening".
Millar with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009
|First baseman / Outfielder|
|Born: September 24, 1971|
Los Angeles, California
|April 11, 1998, for the Florida Marlins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 2009, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||699|
|Career highlights and awards|
Millar was born in Los Angeles. He attended and played baseball for University High School in West Los Angeles, which won the 3-A City title in 1988 under coach Frank Cruz, during his junior year. He graduated from Hart High School in Santa Clarita California. He attended and played college baseball for Lamar in Beaumont, Texas. Under the tutelage of Coach Jim Gilligan, Millar and the Cardinals prospered. For two seasons, Millar was a key part of Lamar's return to prominence in collegiate baseball. In 1992, Lamar went 32–21, posting the NCAA’s biggest turnaround with a 14-victory improvement over the 1991 season. Millar led the Cardinals that season in runs (41), hits (56), home runs (13) and runs batted in (50), and he earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors.
The next season, Millar helped lead the Cardinals to a 44–18 record, to the SBC regular-season and tournament championships, and also to a berth in the NCAA’s Central I Regional on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station. Lamar would be quickly eliminated in two games, with a 1–6 loss against UCLA, followed by a 5–10 finish against Texas A&M.
Millar was a replacement player during the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike, when he played with the replacements in early 1995 and therefore, he is barred from membership in the Major League Baseball Players Association.
From 1997 to 1999, during games encompassing several minor league stints, Millar set the record for most consecutive games reaching base with 71 straight (although this statistic only began to be formally tracked in the minors in 1996). This record was tied in 2003 by future Red Sox teammate Kevin Youkilis. His contract was purchased by the Florida Marlins at the end of the season and he made his major league debut for Florida in 1998.
Millar played for the Marlins from 1998 to 2002, and was later sold to the Japanese Central League Chunichi Dragons. In order for the transaction to be completed, he first had to clear the waivers requested by the Marlins, but the Red Sox broke an unwritten rule and blocked the deal with a waiver claim. In an unprecedented deal brokered by MLB, the Marlins later repaid the money that the Dragons had paid for Millar, and the Red Sox paid a similar sum to the Marlins in return for Millar. His clubhouse presence and offensive production helped spark the Red Sox to the 2003 American League Championship Series and the 2004 World Series.
During the 2003 playoffs, Millar began using the phrase "Cowboy Up", and in 2004 referred to his team as "idiots" to keep teammates loose during the stretch run to the World Series Championship.
Millar had a lead-off walk in the 9th inning of Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees, which, along with Dave Roberts' steal of 2nd base that inning, and RBI single by Bill Mueller proved to be the turning point in the series. Prior to the game, Millar was caught on camera numerous times telling reporters and his teammates "Don't let the Sox win tonight", in reference to Game 4 and in reference to the fact that Pedro Martínez and Curt Schilling were scheduled as the starting pitchers Games 5 and 6, respectively.
On April 20, 2012 Millar, together with Pedro Martínez gave a toast to Fenway Park on the 100th anniversary of the ballpark. Millar and Martinez stood on top of the home dugout and gave a toast that was the largest in history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Millar signed with the Baltimore Orioles on January 12, 2006 as a free agent. During the season, he broke Rey Ordóñez's record for most games played by any non-drafted player who started his career in the Independent Leagues during the Draft era.
On August 23, 2007, Millar reached base safely for the 50th consecutive game, setting a franchise record for the Orioles. On August 26, 2007 Millar's streak came to an end at 52 games. It was the 7th longest streak since 1957.
After Alex Ríos was claimed off waivers, Millar switched his number from #30 to his former #15.
On February 1, 2010, Millar agreed to a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs, with an invitation to spring training. However, on March 30, he was released by the Cubs after not making the major league team.
Millar announced his retirement on April 21, 2010, though on April 27 on MLB Network Radio with Jim Duquette and Kevin Kennedy, he stated it was not official as he still wanted to play. Millar joined MLB Network as a studio analyst. On May 20, 2010, Millar also joined New England Sports Network (NESN) as a pre-game and post-game analyst. On May 22, Millar made his debut for Fox Sports and its MLB on Fox Saturday telecasts. He served as a pre-game, game break, and post-game analyst for its primetime games in the studio, as well as a fill-in color analyst for select games during the season.
On May 5, 2010, Millar returned to baseball when he signed a contract with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association, the same team with whom he started his career. His contract language also allowed him to leave the team to carry out his broadcasting duties. He played six games for the Saints in 2010, and hit .208 with no home runs and two RBIs.
On June 24, 2017, Millar was allowed a single at-bat for the Saints in a regular season game versus the Winnipeg Goldeyes, as part of a promotional night celebrating the Saints' 25th anniversary. Facing his first live pitching in seven years, Millar hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning; the Saints went on to win the game, 8–6.
In 2018, Millar and Chris Rose began co-hosting the audio podcast "Intentional Talk: Caught Listening", produced by MLB Network.
After the 2003 season, Millar was awarded the Jackie Jensen Award, which is presented each year by the Boston chapter of the BBWAA. The award is presented to the player who best exemplifies the spirit and desire of Jackie Jensen, the former Red Sox outfielder.
Millar made an appearance (in actual game footage) in the movie Fever Pitch in which he walked and was lifted for a pinch runner.
The 2003 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees from October 8 to 16, 2003. The Yankees won the series four games to three to advance to the World Series, where they lost in six games to the National League champion Florida Marlins.2003 Boston Red Sox season
The 2003 Boston Red Sox season was the 103rd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses, six games behind the New York Yankees. The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, and defeated the American League West champion Oakland Athletics in the ALDS. The Red Sox then lost to the Yankees in the ALCS.
The Red Sox led the major leagues in nearly all offensive categories, including runs scored (961), batting average (.289), on-base percentage (.360), and perhaps most impressively, a .491 team slugging percentage, which set a new record previously held by the 1927 Yankees. They also had 649 extra-base hits, the most ever by one team in a single season.2004 American League Championship Series
The 2004 American League Championship Series was the Major League Baseball playoff series to decide the American League champion for the 2004 season, and the right to play in the 2004 World Series. A rematch of the 2003 American League Championship Series, it was played between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, at Fenway Park and the original Yankee Stadium, from October 12 to 20, 2004. The Red Sox became the first (and so far only) team in MLB history to come back from a 3–0 deficit to win a seven-game series. The Red Sox, who had won the AL wild card, defeated the Anaheim Angels in the American League Division Series to reach the ALCS, while the Yankees, who had won the AL East with the best record in the AL, defeated the Minnesota Twins.
In Game 1, Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina pitched a perfect game through six innings, while the Red Sox recovered from an eight-run deficit to close within one run before the Yankees eventually won. A home run by John Olerud helped the Yankees win Game 2. The Yankees gathered 22 hits in Game 3 on their way to an easy win. The Yankees led Game 4 by one run in the ninth inning, but a steal of second base by Red Sox base runner Dave Roberts and a single by Bill Mueller off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tied the game. A home run by David Ortiz then won it for the Red Sox in extra innings. Ortiz also won Game 5 with a single in the fourteenth inning. Curt Schilling pitched seven innings in Game 6 for the Red Sox, during which time his sock became soaked in blood due to an injury in his ankle. Game 7 featured the Red Sox paying back New York for their Game 3 blowout with a dominating performance on the road, anchored by Derek Lowe and bolstered by two Johnny Damon home runs, one a grand slam. David Ortiz was named the Most Valuable Player of the series.The Red Sox would go on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, winning their first World Series championship in 86 years and ending the Curse of the Bambino.2004 Boston Red Sox season
The 2004 Boston Red Sox season was the 104th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. Managed by Terry Francona, the Red Sox finished with a 98–64 record, three games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East. The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, swept the Anaheim Angels in the ALDS, and faced the Yankees in the ALCS for the second straight year. After losing the first three games to the Yankees and trailing in the ninth inning of the fourth game, the Red Sox became the first team in major league history to come back from a three-game postseason deficit, defeating the Yankees in seven games. The Red Sox then swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, capturing their first championship since 1918.2006 Baltimore Orioles season
The 2006 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 70 wins and 92 losses.B.F.C. Whitehouse Field
B.F.C. Whitehouse Field, or Whitehouse Field, is a baseball venue in Harwich, Massachusetts, home to the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL).
Opened in 1969, Whitehouse Field was named for Mr. B.F.C. Whitehouse and was dedicated in July of 1969 as part of Harwich's 275th anniversary celebration. The ballpark was built on land adjacent to what is now Monomoy Regional High School, and features a deep outfield fence with a symmetrical configuration. It is accessed via an extended woodland trail that opens into the tree-ringed clearing where the field is located.
As early as the 1920s, Harwich had a franchise in the CCBL, albeit originally a combined Harwich/Chatham team. The Mariners became Harwich's own team in 1930, and prior to 1969 played their home games at Harwich's Brooks Park. At the 1969 dedication ceremonies for Whitehouse Field, Mr. Whitehouse concluded his remarks by stoking Harwich's historic small-town border rivalry, turning to the Mariners players and exhorting, "Now go out there and beat Chatham!"In 1998, a new scoreboard was donated by former Major League Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent, Jr., in memory of his father, Fay Vincent, Sr. The commissioner had been a longtime summer resident of Harwich and a fan of the Mariners and the CCBL, and wished to honor his late father who had been the baseball captain at Yale University in 1931. The scoreboard was dedicated on July 6, 1998 as part of "Fay Vincent Night at Whitehouse Field", and has been billed by the CCBL as being "the largest scoreboard in New England south of Fenway Park".Whitehouse Field hosted the CCBL's annual all-star game and home run derby festivities in 1992, 2002, 2012 and 2018, and has seen the Mariners claim CCBL championships in 1983, 1987, 2008 and 2011. The ballpark has been the summertime home of dozens of future major leaguers such as Kevin Millar, Alex Bregman, and DJ LeMahieu.Chris Rose
Christopher "Chris" Rose (born January 27, 1971) is an American sportscaster for the MLB Network and NFL Network. He is currently a commentator for the Discovery Channel series BattleBots.Eastern League Most Valuable Player Award
The Eastern League Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) is an annual award given to the best player in minor league baseball's Eastern League. In 1962, Jim Ray Hart won the first ever Eastern League MVP Award.
First basemen, with 16 winners, have won the most among infielders, followed by third basemen (8), second basemen (2), and shortstops (1). Five catchers have also won the award. Three players who won the award were pitchers. Twenty-one outfielders have won the MVP Award, the most of any position.
Seven players from the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball (MLB) organization have won the MVP Award, more than any other, followed by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization (6); the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, and Montreal Expos organizations (5); the New York Mets, and the Toronto Blue Jays organizations (4); the Boston Red Sox, and the New York Yankees organizations (3); the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Milwaukee Brewers organizations (2); and the Florida Marlins, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and Texas Rangers organizations (1).Four Days in October
Four Days in October is a baseball documentary produced by ESPN and MLB Productions. It is episode 24 in the first season of the ESPN 30 for 30 series.
It chronicles the last four games of the 2004 American League Championship Series (ALCS) between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The series became famous when the Red Sox—who lost the first three games of the series to the Yankees—became the first team in Major League Baseball history to win a best of seven playoff series after falling behind 0–3.
The documentary begins with few highlights of the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry over the years and then some highlights from Game 3, which was won by the Yankees 19–8 at Fenway Park in Boston. The show's narrative begins with Game 4. The Yankees stood three outs away from sweeping the Red Sox at Fenway Park and advancing to their 40th World Series appearance. The series turned when the Red Sox rallied to tie the game in the 9th inning. They would win it on a home run by David Ortiz to keep the series alive. The ninth inning rally proved to be the turning point of the series, as the Red Sox would win the next three games, clinching the series at Yankee Stadium.A week later, the Red Sox won all four games against the National League (NL) champion St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series championship in 86 years, ending the 2004 postseason on an eight-game winning streak.
While most of the commentary from the players in the documentary was done in the usual interview style that is customary of documentaries, Lenny Clarke and Bill Simmons were put in a pub setting, providing a conversation as fans, discussing their own experiences and feelings during the series.Harwich Mariners
The Harwich Mariners are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Harwich, Massachusetts. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and plays in the league's Eastern Division. The Mariners play their home games at Whitehouse Field in the historic village of Harwich Center.
Harwich has won two CCBL championships in the 21st century, most recently in 2011 when they defeated the Falmouth Commodores two games to none to win the best of three championship series. The title was the team's fourth overall. The team has been led since 2003 by field manager Steve Englert.Intentional Talk
Intentional Talk is an hour long (during the regular season) and a 30-minute-long (during the offseason) talk show shown live Monday-Friday at 5:00 ET on MLB Network and aired at 4:00 PM on ESPN2. Hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar talk about the major events in baseball. Viewers are also allowed to tweet to the hosts during the show to voice their opinions and some of the tweets are shown on a marquee at the bottom of the screen, seen in "Ask Kevin" and/or read by Chris.
The show is filmed from Studio 42 of the MLB Network facility in Secaucus, New Jersey. Most times, when they are not in the studio, they will film the show from the hosts' homes. When this happens, the show is shown as a split-screen, using Cisco TelePresence, in which Chris is at his house in Los Angeles, California and Kevin hosts from his house in Austin, Texas (also known as "Studio 1-5").
During the 2011 season, MLB Network started showing a special one-hour, recorded Best of Intentional Talk each weekend, showcasing the best segments of the show from the past week to be topped off with the weekly, "This Week in MLB Network" segment.
On the Friday, January 25, 2013 show, the hosts allowed viewers to call the shots. Everything on the show that day was fan-based, including "Ask Kevin", "Five for Friday", the Got HEEEEM and HELLOOOOO introduction. On Twitter, they asked for YouTube videos for segments, such as "What just Happened?" and "That was Awkward". The IT Fan Show returned for the July 24, 2013 show.
On March 13, 2013, the show announced it was getting a new introduction for the 2013 season, as seen here. This was the show's first introduction change, as the older version was with the show since the start. The new introduction seems to take place in a pinball machine with slots, bumpers and a pinball going around signs, such as "Got HEEEEM" and "Outta Here", ending off with the ball hitting the word "grand slam". The intro debuted on Opening Day 2013 (April 1, 2013). The intro and theme song changed starting with the April 4, 2016 episode to a circus-themed intro with Rose and Millar as ringmasters and the theme song changed to "Ladies and Gentlemen" by Saliva. For the ESPN2 airings, some MLB Network logos are replaced by the ESPN logo.
Each episode is uploaded to podcast applications the morning after each airing.
The show was added to the ESPN2 weekday afternoon lineup from 4-5 PM eastern starting May 1, 2017, and the show continues to air on MLB Network in its current timeslot.Kevin Miller
Kevin Miller may refer to:
Kevin Miller (radio host) (born 1968), American talk radio show host
Kevin Miller (cricketer) (born 1936), Australian cricketer
Kevin Miller (ice hockey) (born 1965), retired American ice hockey player
Kevin Miller (footballer) (born 1969), English goalkeeper
Kevin Miller (voice actor) (born 1977), American voice actor
Kevin Miller (American football) (born 1955), American football wide receiver
Kevin Miller, former drummer of the alternative rock band FuelList of Major League Baseball replacement players
The following Major League Baseball players appeared as strikebreakers during spring training in 1995, crossing picket lines during the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike. Some had not yet been placed on a 40-man roster, and as such were not eligible to join the MLBPA at the time of the strike, while others were former MLB players who had retired before the strike. The list does not include replacement players who never appeared in regular-season MLB games.
Certain players who were part of World Series-winning teams were not permitted to have their names or likenesses on commemorative merchandise because they had been declared replacement players for having participated in the 1995 spring training. The players were Shane Spencer of the 1998, 1999 and 2000 New York Yankees, Damian Miller of the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks, Brendan Donnelly of the 2002 Anaheim Angels, and Kevin Millar of the 2004 Boston Red Sox.
The names or likenesses of replacement players, since they are not permitted to join the MLBPA, are also in some cases not included in merchandise which derives its license from the MLBPA, such as video and tabletop games. Many games nevertheless include them, with blank or fictional names and different appearances.MLB Network
The MLB Network is an American television sports channel dedicated to baseball. It is primarily owned by Major League Baseball, with AT&T's WarnerMedia News & Sports, Comcast's NBC Sports Group, Charter Communications, and Cox Communications having minority ownership.The channel's headquarters and studios are located at their facilities in Secaucus, New Jersey, which formerly housed MSNBC's studios. MLB Network's studios also house NHL Network, with some studio sharing, which came under the management of MLB Advanced Media in mid-2015 and transferred most operations from the network's former Toronto home base.
Tony Petitti, former executive producer of CBS Sports, was named the network's first president. Petitti served as MLB Network's president until December 2014, when he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball. Rob McGlarry, who worked as Senior and later Executive Vice-president of Business Affairs at MLB Network since 2009, was named the network's second president.As of February 2015, MLB Network is available to approximately 69,991,000 pay television households (60.1% of subscription television customers) in the United States.Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. Their home park is Marlins Park. Though one of only two MLB franchises to have never won a division title (the other is the Colorado Rockies), the Marlins have won two World Series championships as a wild card team.
The team began play as an expansion team in the 1993 season as the Florida Marlins and played home games from their inaugural season to the 2012 season at what was originally called Joe Robbie Stadium, which they shared with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Since the 2012 season, they have played at Marlins Park in downtown Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl. The new park, unlike their previous home (which was criticized in its baseball configuration for poor sight lines in some locations), was designed foremost as a baseball park. Per an agreement with the city and Miami-Dade County (which owns the park), the Marlins officially changed their name to the "Miami Marlins" on November 11, 2011. They also adopted a new logo, color scheme, and uniforms.The Marlins have the distinction of winning a World Series championship in both seasons they qualified for the postseason, doing so in 1997 and 2003—both times as the National League wild card team, making them the only franchise in the major four North American professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) to have never lost a playoff round. They defeated the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series, with shortstop Édgar Rentería driving in second baseman Craig Counsell for the series-clinching run in the 11th inning of the seventh and deciding game. In the 2003 season, manager Jeff Torborg was fired after 38 games. The Marlins were in last place in the NL East with a 16–22 record at the time. Torborg's successor, 72-year-old Jack McKeon, led them to the NL wild card berth in the postseason; they defeated the New York Yankees four games to two in the 2003 World Series.Millar
Millar is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Dylan Millar (born 1993), South African Welder
Alan Millar (born 1947), former Head of Philosophy at the University of Stirling
Alex Millar (born 1985), British professional poker player
Andrew Millar (1707–1768), British publisher and bookseller
Bill Millar, English soccer player
Blair Millar (born 1956), Scottish footballer
Brian Millar (born 1966), Irish cricketer
Charles Vance Millar (1853–1926), Canadian lawyer and financier
Chris Millar (born 1983), Scottish footballer
Craig Millar (born 1977), Canadian former professional hockey player
Darren Millar (born 1976), Welsh politician
Dave Millar (born 1945), Scottish footballer
David Millar (born 1977), Scottish road racing cyclist
Duncan Millar (1824–1881), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
Fergus Millar, British historian
Frederick Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra (1900–1989), British diplomat
Gavin Millar (born 1938), Scottish film director
Geoff Millar (born 1955), Australian cricketer
Gertie Millar (1879–1952), English singer and actress
George Millar (writer), journalist, British World War II soldier, SOE agent, writer
Harold Robert Millar (1869–1940) a Scottish graphic artist and illustrator
Huntly D. Millar (born 1927), founder of Millar Instruments, Inc.
Ian Millar (born 1947), Canadian show jumper
James D. Millar (1869-1948), American politician
James Millar (educationalist)
John Millar (1735–1801), Scottish philosopher and historian
John A. Millar (1855–1915), New Zealand politician
Joseph Millar, American poet
Judy Millar (born 1957), New Zealand artist
Kevin Millar (born 1971), American baseball player
Liam Millar (born 1999), Canadian professional footballer
Maggie Millar (born 1941) Australian actress
Marc Millar (born 1969), Scottish footballer
Margaret Millar (1915–1994), American-Canadian mystery and suspense writer
Mark Millar (born 1969), Scottish comic book writer
Mark Millar (footballer) (born 1988), Scottish footballer
Mary Millar (1936–1998), English actress
Martin Millar (writer), Scottish author
Mike Millar (born 1965), Canadian hockey player
Miles Millar (b 1970), British screenwriter and producer
Oliver Millar (1923–2007), British art historian
Paul Millar (disambiguation)
Peter Millar (journalist), British journalist and author
Peter Millar (soccer), former American Soccer player
Renton Millar (born 1975), Australian professional vertical skateboarder
Robbie Millar (1967–2005), Northern Irish chef and restaurateur
Robert Millar (born 1958), former Scottish professional cyclist
Robin Millar (born 1951), English musician, songwriter, and record producer
Rodrigo Millar (born 1981), Chilean footballer
Ron Millar, video game designer
Ryan Millar (born 1978), American volleyball player
Sandy Millar (born 1939), English Anglican bishop
Syd Millar (born 1934), chairman of the International Rugby Board
Thomas Millar (1925–1994), Australian historian and political scientist
Willie Millar (1901–1966), Scottish professional footballerFictional characters:
Alex Millar (Being Human), a lead character in the British television series Being HumanWilliam S. Hart High School (California)
William S. Hart High School is a four-year public high school in Newhall, Santa Clarita, California, United States. It is the oldest high school in the Santa Clarita Valley in California. The school has been educating students through the 12th grade since 1945. Hart was named for local cowboy actor William S. Hart and is a part of the William S. Hart Union High School District.
As of the 2014–15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,326 students and 82.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 28.2:1. There were 491 students (21.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 86 (3.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
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