Florida / Miami Marlins All-Time Top 30 Players

HOUSTON - APRIL 20: Right fielder Cody Ross #12 of the Florida Marlins makes a catch on a fly ball of the bat of J.R. Towles of the Houston Astros in the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park on April 20, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - APRIL 20: Right fielder Cody Ross #12 of the Florida Marlins makes a catch on a fly ball of the bat of J.R. Towles of the Houston Astros in the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park on April 20, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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14 Apr 2002: Kevin Millar # 15 of the Florida Marlins in action against the Atlanta Braves at Pro Player Stadium in Miami Florida. The Marlins won 7-0. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Eliot Schechter/Getty Images /

28. Kevin Millar (7.7)

Before he was a big MLB Network star, Kevin Millar played 12 years in the major leagues. A 6-foot-1, 195 lb. first-baseman, third-baseman, right-fielder and left-fielder, the Los Angeles, CA native made his major league debut with the Marlins on April 11th, 1998.

Millar went one-for-two from the plate that day, with a walk in a 7-6, 10-inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Those were his only big league plate appearances from the 1998 season.

Millar’s bonifide rookie-season for the Marlins was in 1999, when he appeared in 105 games and slashed .285/.362/.433 with nine homers and a team-third 67 RBI for the 64-98 club. He played 770 innings at first base, closing with a .995 fPCT.

In 2000, Millar appeared in 123 games for Florida, making 31 starts at first base, 13 in left field, 12 at third base, and six at designated hitter. Offensively, he hit .259/.364/.498 with 14 homers and 42 RBI as the Marlins went 79-82.

2001 would see Millar take a step up offensively, with a .314/.374/.557 line, all career-best figures. In 144 contests, he hit 20 home runs with a team-third 85 RBI. He was named the NL player of the week after going 11-for-22 with four doubles, a homer, and four RBI with only one strikeout from July 7th through 14th. The team finished at 76-86, Millar with a career-best-tying 2.8 WAR. Defensively, Millar again showed his versatility by making 65 starts in right field, 20 in left, 15 at first and 10 at third base.

In 2002, Millar slashed .306/.366/.509 in 126 contests. He hit 16 home runs with 57 RBI, while playing mostly in left field for the 79-83 Marlins.

Prior to 2003 Spring Training, the Boston Red Sox purchased Millar’s contract from Florida. Millar played three seasons in Boston, followed by three with the Baltimore Orioles and a final year with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2017, at the age of 45, Millar hit a home run in his only at bat with the American Association’s St. Paul Saints.