Report: Former Giant Justin Miller found dead

Report: Former Giant Justin Miller found dead
June 28, 2013, 5:45 pm
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In 44 appearances for the Giants in 2009, most of them in long relief, Miller posted a 3.18 ERA in 56.2 innings. (AP)

DENVER -- Justin Miller, a right-handed reliever who spent most of the 2009 season in the Giants bullpen, has been found dead according to police in Tampa, Fla.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Miller's body was discovered Wednesday night, but would not release details about the cause of death or where he was found. You can read thee full story here

Miller, 35, spent seven years in the big leagues with four teams. The Torrance, Calif. native had a solid year with the Giants in '09, posting a 3.18 ERA in 44 appearances, most of them in long relief, before his elbow gave out. Here's a link to video of him discussing his injury with CSN at the time. (Going through my story archives, I'd forgotten that Miller only made it onto the roster because Joe Martinez fractured his skull when he was hit by a line drive in the third game of that season.)

Miller probably was best known for the tattoos that covered most of his body. At one point, umpires forced him to wear long sleeves to hide the distracting tattoos in what became known as the "Justin Miller Rule."

Miller signed with the Dodgers in 2010 and appeared in 19 games for them. He'd gone onto a second career running a baseball academy and personal training facility in Florida.

I only knew Miller in one context, but the man I encountered had a soft-spoken nature and a kindness about him that belied his Hell's Angels exterior. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Jessica, and sons Joseph, 18, and Johnnie, 7.

He'll be missed.