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Detroit Tigers’ Trainer to Retire

September 16, 2002

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DETROIT (AP) _ The Detroit Tigers’ medical director and head athletic trainer Russ Miller will retire at the end of the year, the team announced Monday.

The 59-year-old Miller has held the position for 12 years and said it is time to turn his attention to family. Miller and his wife Carole live in Ypsilanti, and have two children and two grandchildren.

``I’ve been in athletic training for the last 40 years and have experienced a wide variety of situations at the collegiate and professional levels,″ Miller said in a statement. ``I’ve had a wonderful and rewarding professional career.″

Miller jointed the Tigers in 1991 after 11 years as head athletic trainer for the University of Michigan. He has also worked as head athletic trainer at Western Kentucky University, Depauw University and Wilmington College.

Miller served as president of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society during the 2000-2001 seasons. He also served as an athletic trainer at the 1998 All-Star Game in Denver.

He will assist the Tigers with the search for his replacement.

``We would like to commend Russ Miller for his 12 years of quality work here with the Tigers,″ team president David Dombrowski said. ``He is a class individual and has set high standards for those who follow. We wish him well on his retirement.″

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