August 21, 2010
Ethan Martin and Aaron Miller slumped on a bench in the third base dugout at an empty Clear Channel Stadium in Lancaster, hoping to escape the near-100-degree desert heat. It was only a pause, they both hoped, on their way to Dodger Stadium, only 70 miles up the freeway. But for the two former first-round draft picks, still trying to find their way with Inland Empire of the Class-A California League, the majors must have seemed light years away. After a week in which the Dodgers heralded the signing of their latest first-round draft choice, Texas high school pitcher Zach Lee, while the Washington Nationals were giving a record bonus to Nevada teenager Bryce Harper, the No. 1 overall pick, the stories of Miller and Martin offer a cautionary tale.
June 14, 2009 |
If Superman is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, why can't he make free throws? . . . Dwight Howard might hear about it from Shaquille O'Neal, the original brick-tossing Superman, who actually shot slightly better from the foul line than Howard did this season. . . . To paraphrase an old country song, Lakers fans don't love Derek Fisher anymore, but they don't love him any less. . . . Not after Game 4. . . .
June 10, 2009 |
The Dodgers' first choice in the amateur player draft Tuesday was left-handed pitcher Aaron Miller, 21, who just completed his junior year at Baylor. "I couldn't be more ecstatic," Miller said. "I was kind of crossing my fingers. I came home from L.A. yesterday and was really hoping that I would get picked up." At 6 feet 3 and 200 pounds, Miller also was a power-hitting outfielder at Baylor.
February 6, 2006 |
Defenseman Aaron Miller, concerned about his back, has withdrawn from the United States hockey team that will play in the Winter Olympics at Turin, Italy. Miller informed Team USA officials last week. "I need to use the time for my health," said Miller, who played in the 2002 Olympics. "The Kings come first." Miller, 34, has had back problems for a couple of years. He has sat out 16 games this season and needed a series of anti-inflammatory injections to get back into the lineup.
March 9, 2004 |
King defenseman Aaron Miller practiced Monday with contact for the first time since sustaining a pinched nerve in his neck and shoulder area Dec. 10. Miller has been cleared to play, but needs work on conditioning. "I feel like I've got a piano on my back," he said after practice. "Coming back from 11 weeks, you're going to be a little tired." Miller could play this week, although Coach Andy Murray reserved judgment on an exact date for Miller's return.
April 3, 2003 |
His patriotic heart said yes. His competitive nature said yes. But his mind and body said no. And his wife said no way. For reasons ranging from fear for his safety during the war in Iraq to uneasiness about putting his tender midsection through another month of high-stress wear and tear, King defenseman Aaron Miller declined USA Hockey's invitation to play in the World Championships starting April 26 in Finland.