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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Millar on release: 'Toughest day' of career

By ESPNChicago.com

Kevin Millar
Kevin Millar batted .242 with a home run and three RBIs this spring.

Kevin Millar said finding out that he did not make the Chicago Cubs roster on Tuesday was "the toughest day I've had in this game."

"I've never been released," Millar said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Fortunately, I've had an opportunity to play with a couple of different teams and play for a long time, but [Tuesday] was the first time I've ever been released. You knew that day was going to come. I still felt confident going into the clubhouse [Tuesday] that I was breaking camp with the Cubbies. It was still a situation where I felt like I was a nice fit for that spot."

The Cubs picked left-handed hitting third baseman/first baseman Chad Tracy over the right-handed hitting Millar. From a statistical standpoint, neither player stood out this spring, with Tracy batting .243 with six RBIs and Millar batting .242 with a home run and three RBIs.

Soon after general manager Jim Hendry told him the news Tuesday morning, the 38-year-old Millar said the reality of the situation hit him.

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