LOUISVILLE - Former Wolf Pack catcher Corky Miller is going to make history in Louisville. His number 8 jersey is going to be retired by the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
It will be the first jersey ever retired by the Louisville Bats.
Miller has played 10 seasons with the Bats, appearing in more games than any other player in franchise history. He ranks in the top five in at-bats (1,703), home runs (50), hits (416) and RBI (236). And his 99 doubles are the most all-time.
"Corky Miller Night" will be held on August 31st. He'll be honored in a pregame ceremony, and his number 8 jersey will be unveiled on the outfield wall of Louisville Slugger Field.
"Fans in Louisville and Cincinnati will remember him for his longtime service to the City of Louisville and the Cincinnati Reds organization," the team said in a press release. "His playing style, longevity and enthusiasm for the game have made him a fan favorite in the Derby City and worthy of being the only player in Louisville franchise history to have his number retired."
Miller signed with the Reds as a free agent after going undrafted out of Nevada back in 2001. He has played parts of 11 big leagues seasons, appearing in 216 games with five different teams. He has a career .193 batting average with 11 home runs and 67 RBI.
Miller has been on the Bats' inactive list for most of the 2014 season, spending his time as a roving instructor in the Reds minor league system. He plans to retire after this season and pursue a full-time coaching job.