Awful new to report out of Florida as former Major League pitcher Justin Miller was found dead Wednesday evening. He was 35 year old.
Miller pitched seven seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. There has been no cause of death determined, as of yet.
Authorities told The Times that Miller, 35, was discovered shortly after 10:30 p.m. but they were still determining the cause of death. A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman would not say where his body was found.
Miller pitched in parts of seven seasons in the major leagues, most recently for the Dodgers. When the Dodgers released him July 22, 2010, they called up closer Kenley Jansen for the first time.
Miller began his career with the Toronto Blue Jays as a starting pitcher. In his seven seasons in the majors, he went 24-14 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
The Los Angeles native might be most well known for his tattoo’s which caused Major League Baseball to invoke the “Justin Miller Rule” which requires pitchers to now wear long sleeves to cover any ‘distracting’ tattoo’s. He experienced his best proffesional season in 2009 with the San Francisco Giants, appearing in 44 games where he had a 3.18 ERA.
Miller was married to wife Jessica and the father of two sons, Joseph, 18, and Johnnie, 7.
Our condolences to the family.