Last Updated 12/1/2005
The Millers holed up in Orlando and Miami as they waited for hurricane Kiddo, er, I mean, Wilma to get moving and clear the Florida peninsula. On Tuesday we all made our way to Fort Myers only to find that we were probably not going to get into our condos at all. We found rooms at a couple of hotels that had limited power, meaning some rooms had power and some didn't. We spent two nights there before we finally found some rooms in the Gull Wing condos right after they opened. The start of the tournament was eventually pushed all the way back until Wednesday morning and forced major changes in the tournament format. Seven teams dropped out completely which left only 29 teams, some of which were missing several players who decided not to brave the storm. Wednesday and Thursday saw everyone playing seven-inning double headers, all day games as none of the stadiums had lights available for night games.
We had a pretty solid team this year and played well except for one game, an important playoff game, where we just couldn't seem to hit the ball. We eventually wound up playing only 38 innings of baseball, which is two full games worth short of what the guaranteed six games should provide.
Check back often as we will be updating the site with lots of new articles and pictures as soon as possible.
Welcome to the home of the Minneapolis Millers Baseball Team. The Millers are a group of guys that play summer baseball for a variety of teams in the Twin Cities metro area. They then come together to play fall baseball and travel to Fort Myers, Florida every November to play in the Roy Hobbs World Series. In past years they have played under the name of the Minnesota Saints but, for 2003, there was a name and uniform change. The name was taken from the old minor league team that used to play at Nicollet Park in south Minneapolis. To honor that team they have modeled their uniforms on that team's uniform from the early 1950's. The old Millers team played in the American Association from 1902 to 1960 and spent most of their tenure with the Red Sox and Giants organizations. Some notable stars that played for the Millers include Hall Of Famers Roger Bresnahan, Jimmy Collins, Urban 'Red' Faber, Bill McKechnie, George Kelly, Billy Herman, Ted Williams, Ray 'Dandy' Dandridge, Willie Mays, Zack Wheat, Rube Waddell, Hoyt Wilhelm, Monte Irvin, Orlando Cepeda and Carl Yastrzemski. And the great Jimmie Foxx was a Millers coach in 1958.
In the recent past, only one team from Minnesota competed in the Open division of the Roy Hobbs World Series (as many as seven compete in the Veterans division), and that team had been the Saints. In 2003 that team split into three teams with Larry Gessler continuing to run the Saints, Todd Cornelius and Scott Gatzke put the Millers together and Tim Doboszenski started a team called the Minnesota Bandits. It soon became clear that there were not enough players to make three teams. The result was that the Saints dropped out and only the Millers and the Bandits traveled to Florida in 2003, 2004 and 2005. We will try to keep this website updated as much as possible during the the fall and the Florida trip so that our fans at home can follow our progress. Thanks for being a part of the Millers family!
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