May 21, 1955 |
|September 2, 1980 for the Cincinnati Reds|
Last MLB appearance
|July 29, 1988 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Runs batted in||195|
Edward James Milner (born May 21, 1955) is an American former professional baseball player. He played all or part of nine seasons in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds (1980–86, 1988) and San Francisco Giants (1987), primarily as a center fielder. Milner batted and threw left-handed.
Eddie Milner was drafted out of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio by the Reds in 1976. Milner was part of the disappointing transition of the championship Cincinnati Reds teams of the 1970s. The Reds transitioned from players including Ken Griffey Sr., George Foster, and Ray Knight, taking their chances with players including Milner, Gary Redus, and Clint Hurdle. The team spiraled from competitive to years of 100 losses. Milner, fast runner and with limited offense skills ended his career with the Giants. A highlight of his career, in 1986 he had a 20-game hitting streak and belted 15 home runs.
Milner suffered from cocaine addiction during his baseball career. Commissioner Peter Ueberroth suspended him for the entire 1988 season after he relapsed, but he was reinstated before the All-Star break after completing a drug rehabilitation program. The Reds released him on July 31, ending his major league career.
In a nine-year major league career, Milner played in 804 games, accumulating 607 hits in 2,395 at bats for a .253 career batting average along with 42 home runs, 195 runs batted in and an on-base percentage of .333. Along with César Tovar, Milner is regarded as the all-time major league leader in breaking up no-hit attempts with five. On August 2, 1986, Milner collected his team's only hit in a game for fifth time, tying Tovar's major league record (1975).