Less than a month after the Chicago Cubs released him right before the start of the regular season, former Hart High standout Kevin Millar has landed a broadcast career with the MLB Network as a studio analyst. He’ll start next Tuesday.
Millar, who lasted 12 seasons in the big leagues as a first baseman and outfielder, went undrafted out of Hart and spent five years in the minor leagues before the Florida Marlins brought him up in April, 1998. He signed with the St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League in ’93 when he was 21, then had two seasons at Single-A and Double-A before was the Eastern League’s MVP (32 HRs, 131 RBI, .342 average).
He hit .274 with 170 home runs and 699 RBI in his career, and is probably best known for his three seasons with the Boston Red Sox. During their 2004 World Series run, Millar hit .297 with 18 homers and 74 RBI. He also played for Baltimore and Toronto.
And he was about the best pre- and post-game interview a broadcaster would have hoped for.
“Kevin Millar brings a fresh and current perspective to MLB Network, having played this past season,” said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. “During the 2009 Postseason, Kevin proved that he can provide valuable analysis and commentary to baseball fans and we’re excited to have him join our already deep roster of on-air talent.”
“Working with the guys at the MLB Network is the next best thing to actually being in a clubhouse,” said Millar. “I am really excited to get started and have some fun.”