Was anything during the 2003 season more painful than watching Damian Miller swing and miss? Well, okay, there was that thing. But Miller’s follow-through when he swung and missed was painful. I remember, because I got to see it so often.
Just…unh…give me a quick…oh God…second.
Miller had strung together a few decent seasons in a row with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and had even been named an All Star in 2002. So was it any wonder that he sucked as a Cub? Of course not. In his one year with the Cubs, Miller set career lows in, well, pretty much everything. What was worse was that Miller fell apart in September as the Cubs were struggling to win the NL Central, to the point where Gabor Bako was a better option down the stretch.
Low Point: The entire month of September, 2003. As the Cubs were in a dogfight with Houston for the NL Central crown, Miller disappeared, hitting only .205 for the month with a .250 OBP. The Cubs managed to pull ahead of the Astros thanks to Richie Sexson and the Brewers, but had Miller hit even adequately, the Cubs may not have had so many exhaustingly pressure-packed games at the end of the season.
Did You Know? Miller is not a part of the MLB Players’ Association, as he was a replacement player during the 1994 strike. That means he’s cost me a substantial amount of time adding him as a create-a-player in MVP Baseball. Thanks a lot, Damian.