Reds catcher Corky Miller wasn’t sure if he’d be back at Great American Ball Park as a player before he got the call to come up once again on Sunday.

The 37-year-old knows his time as a player is much closer to the end than it is the beginning. Even as a Triple-A catcher, you know you’re close to the big leagues, but Miller hadn’t been on the Reds’ active roster since 2010, despite being in Louisville since 2009.

Even called up in April to take the place of an injured Ryan Hanigan, Miller is well aware that his time in a big-league uniform could be up on May 5 when Hanigan is eligible to be reactivated. This very well could be his last go-round in the big leagues.

“I thought it three years ago, five years ago and in ’06 when I got released (by the Mariners),” Miller said. “Things happen. You keep going. Whether Walt (Jocketty) and Dusty (Baker) need a guy at Triple-A or a guy like me that could possibly backup up here. It’s hard to say, but at some point you have to make that decision.”

That decision will likely be made by someone else, as it usually is in baseball. When that happens, though, Miller will be prepared. In fact, he’s one of the few people in a Major League clubhouse that you hear people talk as much about his life after his playing days as what’s left. Miller, when he’s no longer playing, will very likely continue his life in a baseball uniform.

“He’s going to be a good coach some day, just not yet,” Baker said.

On the bench, though, Baker can see MiIler preparing for his post-playing days career. It’s not as obvious with the Reds as it is with the Triple-A Bats, where he often hits fungoes during batting practice and coaches first base.

Miller would like to coach in the future and maybe manage. Baker says he sees a possible pitching coach in Miller, even though he’s not a pitcher. Most pitching coaches tend to be former pitchers, but it’s not unheard of for a catcher to transition into a pitching coach. Former Cardinals pitching coach, Dave Duncan, was a catcher before he was one of the game’s most successful pitching coaches.

“Whatever happens, happens,” Miller said. “(Baker) understands it takes a lot to be a catcher that understands pitchers. I’ve seen all kinds. He knows that. He obviously has been managing even longer than I’ve been playing, so he knows what it takes and he sees that in me and that’s great.”