Miller’s coaching career begins

It was always believed that veteran catcher Corky Miller had a future in coaching when he was done playing.

Miller retired last season and on Wednesday, he was named a coach for Class A Dayton.

Here are some details via a Dayton Dragons release:

Miller will join manager Jose Nieves, pitching coach Tom Browning, and hitting coach Luis Bolivar on the Dragons staff. Miller will also visit other Reds affiliates on select dates in a catching instructor role in 2015.

Miller completed a 17-year professional playing career in 2014. On August 31, 2014, he became the first player in the history of the Triple-A Louisville Bats to have his number retired by the club. He is the Bats all-time career leader in games played, first appearing in a game with Louisville in 2001.

Miller spent parts of 11 years in the Major Leagues, mostly with the Reds. He also played for the Braves, White Sox, Twins, and Red Sox. He made his big league debut with the Reds in 2001 and played in his final Major League game in 2013 at age 37, becoming the oldest Reds player to start a game at catcher since 1951. He was originally signed by the Reds as an undrafted free agent in 1998.

“We are excited to transition Corky Miller onto our Minor League coaching staff in 2015,” said Jeff Graupe, Reds Director of Player Development. “Corky will be based out of Dayton and will split his time working with the Dragons and roving around our system developing our catchers. As a player, Corky was well known throughout the game as a terrific defensive catcher with outstanding fundamentals and quality relationships with his pitchers. He will be a tremendous asset for our young catchers to learn from.”

8 Comments

Outstanding !!! Hopefully he’ll be on the Reds’ major league staff sooner than later .

Loyalty pays dividends.——Congrats to the Reds management,and Corky too.
Walt

SO HAPPY HAPPY FOR CORKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Corky baseball! Glad hes on the staff. Great clubhouse guy I think the players will soak up his knowledge & learn from his experience/journey with the Redlegs.

I look forward to the day when Corky is on the Reds bench in some sort of coaching position. I watched him work with the players at Louisville and he is a true asset to this organization. One of my favorite Reds. Excellent move.

Corky was always there when we needed him. Congratulations to Corky and the Reds.

Wonderful news. A real asset to the organization. Need him in the Reds dugout sooner rather than later.

I belief early in his career he was used as an example of a catcher who set up poorly and gave away pitch location. Congrats wishing him the best in his new career. Good move by the organization.

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