Saturday, June 29, 2013

Former MLB pitcher Justin Miller found dead at 35

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Justin Miller has been found dead at the age of 35 and the cause of death remains a mystery.

Miller's body was found Wednesday night in Palm Harbor, Fla., the place he had been living since 2002, and his death was confirmed Friday by his sports agent.

Miller spent seven seasons in the big leagues while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, and Los Angeles Dodgers from 2002 to 2010. He was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fifth round of the 1997 Amateur Draft.

The right-hander compiled a 24-14 record and 4.82 ERA in 216 career appearances.

He was best known for the large number of tattoos on his arms, which inspired the "Justin Miller Rule" in 2004, which forced him to wear long sleeves when he pitched, since players found his ink too distracting.

He is survived by a wife and two sons.