Toronto Blue Jays

Time for Kevin Millar to Cowboy Down?

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 10: Kevin Millar #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays waits in the field against the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game on May 10, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Ian HunterCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2009

When the Blue Jays were winning, everyone was a fan of Kevin Millar; the lovable, scruffy, jokester of the clubhouse. Now that things have tailed off a bit, we’re starting to see more of Kevin Millar; the loveable, scruffy, jokester of the clubhouse who can't get a hit.

Millar had a decent first few months of the season with a .267 AVG to go along with three HR and 16 RBI. He basically did what was expected of him which was to hit left-handers better than Lyle Overbay. But then just like the Blue Jays themselves, Kevin Millar dropped off…big time.

Since June 1, Millar is below the mendoza line hitting .187 with one HR and just six RBI. His ineffectiveness at the plate especially showed this past weekend when he struck out three times on Saturday (twice looking) and was held hitless the entire series.

For some reason, Blue Jays management is willing to give every minor league pitcher the chance to play in the show, but they're apprehensive about calling up position players from the Las Vegas 51's.

There is a wealth of talent in Las Vegas that is just waiting to get the call; players like Buck Coats, Randy Ruiz, and even Travis Snider are all viable options to take Kevin Millar’s place on the roster.

The problem with sending Millar down to the minors at this point in the season is that I really don’t see him wanting to be sent down to Las Vegas. He would probably just tell the Jays to put him on waivers and maybe he could spend the last few months of the season with some of his buddies in Boston or Baltimore.

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