Friday, August 22, 2014

#267 Keith Miller

About the Front: If this were a work of art, it would be titled, "Utility Player At Dusk". Note Keith Miller's number 16, written on the underbill of his cap. The palm tree in the background tells me we're not in Kansas City.

About the Back: Keith batted leadoff for the Royals in that June 8, 1992 game, and his home run came off Kevin Tapani on the Twins starter's fourth pitch of the game. The second baseman also booted a Chili Davis grounder to contribute to a five-run fifth inning for Minnesota, but Topps was looking on the bright side.

Triple Play:

1. He debuted on June 16, 1987, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base, a run scored, and a dislocated right index finger incurred on a headfirst slide into third base.

2. His tenth-inning home run off of Rob Dibble on August 31, 1991 delivered an 8-7 win for the Mets in Cincinnati.

3. Keith is now a player agent with ACES, the agency that represented him in his playing days. One of his clients is star third baseman David Wright.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I remember being a bit confused when I came across two Keith Millers in the 1989 Topps set. Keith Alan Miller is our guy for this blog post. Neal Keith Miller had a short 55-game career with the Phillies in 1988-1989, playing all over the diamond and pinch hitting.

Bill James Said: "Miller was scheduled to be the Royals' regular third baseman, but started the season with a groin pull, later had a serious thumb injury and missed most of the year."

On This Date in 1993: August 22. Let's check in with Calvin and Hobbes.

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