Former MLB pitcher and Los Angeles Dodger Justin Miller is dead, his agent confirms. According to multiple reports, Miller’s body was found Wednesday (June 26) at his home in Palm Harbor, Fla. The cause of death has not yet been released by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Miller made his MLB debut April 12, 2002 for the Toronto Blue Jays after initially being drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 1997. The Rockies traded Miller to the Oakland Athletics, where he continued to play on farm teams. His next stop was in Toronto, where he debuted as relief pitcher against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Miller saw his first ML start against the Anaheim Angels less than two weeks later. He would later bounce around as a free agent, signing with teams such as the Florida Marlins, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners. The right-handed, heavily-tattooed pitcher closed out his baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was released from their minor league team, the Albuquerque Isotopes on July 25, 2011. It was his second contract with the Dodgers, having first signed with the franchise two years earlier.
Miller, who played in the 1992 Little League World Series for Torrance High School in the Los Angeles area, is thought to have inspired an MLB rule which required players to cover their tattoos by wearing long sleeves on the field.
Miller finished his professional career with a win-loss record of 24-12, and 300 strikeouts under his belt. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.