The Dayton Dragons recently announced that former Cincinnati Reds catcher Corky Miller was added to the team’s coaching staff for the 2015 season.
The Reds fan favorite joins manager Jose Nieves, pitching coach Tom Browning and hitting coach Luis Bolivar on the Dayton staff. Although he will be based with the Dragons, Miller also will visit other Reds affiliates in his role as a catching instructor.
“We are excited to transition Corky Miller onto our minor-league coaching staff in 2015,” Jeff Graupe, Reds director of player development, said in a press release. “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.”
Miller played parts of 11 seasons in the major leagues, including seven with the Reds. Overall he played professional baseball for 17 seasons, including part of the 1999 season in the Midwest League. He batted .287 with 10 HR and 40 RBI in 66 games with the Rockford Reds, who moved to Dayton after the 1999 season.
Here is a photo of Miller at the 1999 Midwest League All-Star Game in Lansing. Thanks to Lisa Winston for letting me use it!