The K Zone

July 21st 2017

Ian Miller

Interviewed By Mike Duffy

 

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Mike Duffy: I was wondering  when you go from high school, minor leagues, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?

Ian Miller: To me the biggest challenge is being able to slow the game down. Just play the game I know how and not try to do too much – regardless of who I’m playing – whose watching me – situation etc.


Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite thing about being a Mariner?

Ian Miller: Favorite thing about being a mariner is the sense of family between players and coaching staff / management. Everyone is one big family and has great communication with each other.


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Mike Duffy: One word to describe the Travelers?

Ian Miller: One word to describe the travelers – exciting.

A lot of good players on this team that will be big Names in the future.


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Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite hobby besides baseball?

Ian Miller: Favorite hobby – definitely video games. Big call of duty guy. And like action games when I come back from the field to unwind and get away from baseball.


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Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?

Ian Miller: Favorite player growing up – ichiro. Loved the way he played. Still try to emulate his game and incorporate certain things he does in terms of approach and things he does and is able to do.


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Mike Duffy: So far this season you have the 4th best batting average in AA, what do you attribute that to?

Ian Miller: I attribute my batting average to the hard work I put in during the offseason and on a daily basis before games. Sticking with my approach and not getting away from it.


Mike Duffy: What did you do this offseason differently that made a difference in your performance compared to past years?

Ian Miller: Offseason I stayed in Arizona at the mariners spring training complex. I hit everyday with members of the staff and worked on my approach – as well as my mechanics to get the most out of my offensive game plan.


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Mike Duffy: Did you feel that playing baseball on the east coast give you more of a disadvantage do to the climate difference or was it more of a motivator to work harder?

Ian Miller: Baseball on the east coast growing up is always overlooked because supposedly baseball down south and on west coast is better. I’ve been an underdog all of my career – and still am. So that stuff never got to me or I never thought about it. I’ve always been overlooked and fit into that mold.


Mike Duffy: What was your favorite team growing up?

Ian Miller: Favorite team growing up was Phillies and pirates. Loved the PA teams and family has some ties with the Pirates – my dad was a huge fan of pirates growing up as well – and went to some Phillies games long ago.


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Mike Duffy: Goals for this season?

Ian Miller: Goals for the season – I don’t really care what I’m doing here in AA. I want to be in the big leagues before this year ends and I want to win a World Series and have something to do with that.


Mike Duffy: How did draft day feel?

Ian Miller: Draft day was cool – was expecting to go – everyone hopes to go higher than they actually went. But it was a real honor, and a real relief to get picked and to get my career started.


Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite stadium?

Ian Miller: Favorite stadium – probably the frisco roughriders. Gorgeous there, it’s like an amusement park. And great stadium to hit at, as well as a great town with great restaurants.


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Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite movie/tv show?

Ian Miller: Favorite movie – is men of honor with Cuba gooding Jr. (great underdog story) Favorite tv show is probably the walking dead – I love zombies


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Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?

Ian Miller: No real motto except TGHT – the game honors toughness.  – but thing that gets me out of a rough time is music – Dave Matthews fan for sure. His concert Live at Radio City with Tim Reynolds is always my go to.


Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?

Ian Miller: I knew I wanted to play professional baseball at a young age. I knew I was going to play a professional sport – set my mind to it pretty early. Baseball started to be my main focus probably around middle school / high school


Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite thing about being a outfielder? Hardest thing?

Ian Miller: Favorite thing about being an outfielder is getting to utilize my speed. I get to run down balls and do things with my jumps and reads that some people aren’t able to do – my speed is definitely used most out in the outfield. And that is fun

Hardest thing – definitely the boredom. Outfield can get boring at times – that’s why it’s always necessary to have some chewing gum or sunflower seeds!


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