Baseball Crank
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October 8, 2002
BASEBALL: Dyar Miller

Warmed my heart to hear Andy Benes the other day talking about working with minor league pitching coach Dyar Miller. Miller had a 2.58 ERA in two seasons at the nadir of Mets history (no, not 2001-02, but the Joe Torre years). What I actually remember best, strangely, about Miller was the time in Cincinnati when he won a pre-game cow milking contest. There are actually more than a few Mets of that era (1977-83) still in the game, including, of course, Lee Mazzilli, Mookie Wilson, Ron Gardenhire, John Stearns, Richie Hebner, and if you count them, Torre and Bobby Valentine. (I'm leaving out guys who left at the outset of those years or arrived to close them, like Seaver, Hernandez and Clint Hurdle). Ed Lynch was Cubs GM, although I'm not sure what he's up to now. I believe Wally Backman may be working in baseball somewhere. At the extremes, there's John Milner and Nino Espinosa, who are both dead, and Jesse Orosco, who's still pitching.

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